Authorities offered a reward of more than $ 23,000 for his capture, and later raised it to over $ 100,000 — più di 350 times the average monthly income of local residents.
Di domenica, Jilin police said in a statement that Zhu had been apprehended at about 10 a.m local time, without offering further details.
In a video of his arrest posted by the state-run Global Times, an emaciated Zhu is seen being carried limply by his arms and legs by police officers on a dock. In related footage, he could be heard wailing as he was being manhandled into a car. Zhu is believed to have been shot in one leg and sent to the hospital for treatment.
On Weibo, some users have expressed surprise that Zhu was able to survive for so long out in the cold, with temperatures dropping below freezing in the past 10 giorni.
North Korean defectors who are sent back to their home country can face severe consequences including torture and sexual abuse, according to Human Rights Watch.
In their manhunt for Zhu, the police erroneously arrested another man, who bore an unfortunate resemblance to Zhu, five times over the course of three days, secondo i media statali.
“My first reaction is that the guy who looks just like him can finally be free,” one user commented under the Global Times post about Zhu’s arrest.