Man Arrested 5 Times in 3 Days Due to Resemblance to Wanted Criminal

A Chinese man recently went through the worst week of his life after being arrested five times in only three days due to his uncanny resemblance to a prison escapee.

In October of 2021, a criminal by the name of Zhu Xianjian managed to escape from a prison in Northeast China’s Jilin Province. Authorities scrambled to locate him, but after spending valuable and time and resources they were forced to offer a 150,000 reward, which was then bumped up to 700,000 yuan, for any information on the fugitive’s whereabouts. This made Zhu a valuable target in a part of China where the average monthly income is only 2,000, and an unlucky doppelganger of the criminal suffered the most for it, after being arrested by police no less than five times in three days.

The Global Times recently reported the unlikely story of an unnamed man from the city of Baicheng, who was reported to police five times because of his resemblance to Zhu Xianjian. Video footage shows the man wearing a blue jacket pictured next to Zhu’s prison photo, and there is no denying that the two look very similar.

Sadly for the innocent man, photos of Zhu and the financial reward offered by authorities for information on his whereabouts made news headlines on TV stations across Jilin Province, making him a walking target. The fact that he shared the same facial features and even the same haircut as Zhu didn’t help much either.

Luckily, the man’s nightmare ended on November 28, when Zhu Xianjian was finally apprehended by police. During his incredible ordeal, Chinese netizens recommended that he wear his ID around his neck at all times. I don’t know how that would have helped, though…


With only two years to go from an eleven-year prison sentence, Zhu is now looking at additional time behind bars after his short prison break.

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