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2 Chinese Nationals Admit to Kidnapping

April 17, 1999

LOS ANGELES — Two Chinese nationals pleaded guilty Friday in the ransom kidnapping of a 17-year-old San Marino youth who was freed after being chained to a bed for more than two weeks.

Xu Lin Wang, 27, and Xue Han Wang, 26, admitted abducting Johnny Chen, the son of a wealthy Taiwanese businessman, and holding him hostage at a Temple City house while their confederates demanded a $1.5-million ransom from his family.

Chen was rescued in a closely coordinated investigation by the FBI and police in the People's Republic of China, where part of the ransom was paid.

Pleading guilty to one count of hostage taking, the Wangs face possible life prison terms and $250,000 fines when they are sentenced Aug. 23 by U.S. District Judge Ronald S.W. Lew.

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