ALHAMBRA — A Monterey Park man accused of kidnapping a young woman, slitting her throat, leaving her for dead in the desert and attempting to extort ransom money from her father appeared in court Wednesday.
DeQiang Song, 25, is due back in Alhambra Superior Court Feb. 1 for a preliminary hearing, court officials said.
He is charged with the Sept. 8, 2010, kidnapping and attempted murder of a 21-year-old San Gabriel Valley woman, whom he met a couple weeks prior at a karaoke club.
Song, who told the woman his name was Xia-Yu, took her on a shopping trip at the Westfield Santa Anita shopping mall in Arcadia, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau Lead Detective Michael Soop said.
From there, Song then allegedly took the woman to a remote section of the desert in San Bernardino County where he strangled her, slit her throat and left her for dead, officials said.
The badly wounded woman managed to walk about a half a mile to seek help from a house, Soop said.
After abandoning the woman, whom Song believed was dead, Soop said the suspect then used her cell phone to call her father and demand ransom money.
The father cooperated with officials, he added, and deputies arrested Song as he tried to pick up ransom money at a pre-arranged drop spot in San Gabriel.
Officials said Song immigrated to Chicago from the Shen-Yang Province of China with a student visa in 2008. He moved to an apartment in Monterey Park in late July, where he has been staying since.
According to sheriff’s booking records, Song was being held in lieu of $2.15 million bail at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic.