Man arrested for smashing, throwing into river several Mobikes

Updated 2016-10-25 17:56:28 Shanghai Daily

A man has been arrested by Shanghai police for damaging and throwing into the Huangpu River several bikes of the popular Mobike bicycle-sharing program on Monday, the Paper reported.

Based on witnesses' account, the man had at least smashed up six Mobikes and dumped three others into the Huangpu River before he was stopped on the Bund on Monday.

It's reported that the Mobike staff rushed to the scene on Zhongshan Road E1, near the Bund, after a witness alarmed them that a man was trying to occupy a Mobike and apparently had already damaged it. The staff reportedly said they saw the man threw the bike into the river after they encountered him and he managed to escape.

Police were alarmed and they later found through security footage that the man had thrown another two Mobikes into the river and damaged six others deliberately.

The man has been under police arrest and his motive remained unclear.

Mobike had just released on October 19 its new models, called Mobike Lite that is lighter than the traditional Mobike model.

China's tech industry giants are reported to be ploughing hundreds of millions of dollars into what they're betting will be the country's next big Internet craze--"Uber for bikes." Mobike is a leading program in this craze.

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