BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese police say they have brought a major kidnapping suspect back to China from Venezuela.
The Ministry of Public Security says Chinese national Xi Mouwei is suspected of heading a criminal gang that carried out kidnappings, robberies and extortion targeting Chinese citizens in Venezuela since 2010. It says the gang demanded ransoms of more than $100,000.
He arrived in Beijing on Thursday.
The statement says a team from the ministry caught Xi on Feb. 1 with the help of the Venezuelan police and army. It says police in southern Guangdong province also caught two suspected accomplices. It says police will investigate the case further.
China is keen to be seen as being capable of protecting its citizens abroad and punishing those who commit violent crimes overseas.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
More cursing happens in Maryland than across the Potomac River.
How much did a painting of a topless "Golden Girl" fetch?
How did a photographer get an inside view of a bear's mouth? (Video)
A German official says Justin will have to pay for his monkey's care.