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(CGTN) California police have arrested two people who were allegedly involved in a failed attempt to kidnap a Chinese student and deport him back to China last week.

The attempt was thwarted when the victim contacted relatives in China, who called local police.

Jonathan McConkey, a pilot and certified flight instructor, is charged with carrying out the would-be kidnapping with his assistant, Kelsi Hoser, a ground instructor. Both reportedly worked at the IASCO flight training school in Redding, California, where the 21-year-old victim, Tianshu Shi, was a flight student

According to a statement from the Redding Police Department, Shi has been in the United States for seven months on a legal student visa.

He said on last Friday morning that somebody had come to his apartment and attempted "to take him away."


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Planes at IASCO Flight Training in Redding, California. /VCG Photo


"When Shi refused, McConkey battered him, and threatened physical violence if he did not go with them," the police said in a statement.

All three were found by police at the airport and McConkey and Hoser were arrested on conspiracy and kidnapping allegations.

But police have not yet explained why the pair would want Shi back in his country.

After suffering minor injuries, Shi told the media that he was suspended from flight training two months ago possibly due to his poor English. An ex-flight instructor last year reportedly claimed that some of IASCO’s Chinese students were unable to fly securely as their inadequate English language skills could cause misunderstandings over instructions.

Shi said he was really frightened by the incident but grateful that the police came to his aid.

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That's a sad story. But the facts need to be checked and verified. THe man did acknowledge that his English was not entirely adequate, though. But the action by the two employees was illegitimate.

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Post time 2018-5-29 23:22:31 |Display all floors
More to this story parch thinks...
if you want something in life get off your backside, and do it yourself!! don't rely on others to do it for you

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This post was edited by pnp at 2018-5-30 15:12

While I sympathize with the student, it must be pointed out that there are many Chinese students who went to the US without fulfilling the minimum requirement of reasonable English; they can't understand simple English, cant follow lessons, as reported in this case; they just want to stay there and enjoy themselves!  The flight school has the legal obligation to see that students who are sacked from class be returned to where they come from.  But the manner the two staff went about it was wrong and illegal, and so they got arrested.  They should have notified US Immigration about students they sack and leave it to US Immig to act; taking the law into their own hands is stupid!  Such students are supposed to have been vetted in China before leaving for the US, but with a bit of money anything can be done, with schools or colleges providing fake documents attesting to their English proficiency!   The other likelihood is that these students are good at passing exams after paying high school fees to get drilled in English proficiency tests; so they did well in those tests but couldn't speak or understand simple English!  I have personally come across many such students back in the West!

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Something missing from the story ..
One of the students nearly crashed in to another plane after misunderstanding instructions
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Post time 2018-5-31 16:46:23 |Display all floors
seneca Post time: 2018-5-29 17:23
That's a sad story. But the facts need to be checked and verified. THe man did acknowledge that his  ...

Very Sensible Remarks  !

Funny and uncanny feelings within my guts are : (1) Didn't those two acting rascals (employees) and their employer(s) check the lingo proficiency of admitted candidates before accepting money and other tuition fees plus various other personal expenses ?  (2) This Shi did not fly over the "DACA Wall" into the USA, so where was the instruction delivered from to kick him out so ruthlessly - gangsters of US flying college ?

The Chinese authorities have to look into all these fiascos and Chinese nationals have to re-examine themselves while evaluating what seem more secure to embark upon in such future ventures - which country, which club ....etc....!


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