BEIJING - Police have confirmed that a man who was stabbed to death in downtown Beijing on Wednesday afternoon was from the United States.
The 62-year-old victim, named Howard Thomas Mills, was killed at 3:20 pm at the entrance to Qudeng Alley in Xicheng district, according to a written statement issued by the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau on Wednesday night.
Mills arrived in China on July 3 with an ordinary passport, said the statement.
The suspect, An Libo, was apprehended by police officers who were on patrol near the scene of the attack.
An, 35, is a native of Zhaozhou county in the city of Daqing, Northeast China's Heilongjiang province. He arrived in Beijing on Wednesday morning by train from his hometown.
Believed to suffer from a mental disorder, An was found to have attacked and robbed people using a knife in Shanghai in January and then sent back to his hometown, said the statement.
Further investigation is underway.