ALHAMBRA – A jury convicted a Monterey Park man Thursday of kidnapping a San Gabriel Valley woman, slitting her throat, leaving her for dead and attempting to collect a ransom from her father, officials said.
The Alhambra Superior Court jury deliberated for one day before finding DeQiang Song, 24, guilty of attempted first-degree murder and kidnapping for ransom, according to Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons. Additionally, the jury found true the special allegation that Song used a knife in the crime and inflicted great bodily injury.
Song kidnapped the then-21-year-old woman, whom he knew through a mutual friend, after taking her on a trip to the Westfield Santa Anita shopping mall in Arcadia on Sept. 8, 2010, investigators said.
Song then took the woman to a remote area of desert in San Bernardino County and bound her, detectives said.
“(Song) then called the victim’s father and demanded a ransom,” Gibbons said. “While haggling over the amount, the defendant strangled the young woman, sliced her throat with a knife and left her for dead.”
The badly injured woman managed to walk about a half-mile to the nearest home for help, Detective Michael Soop of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau said shortly after Song’s arrest.
The victim survived, “because she had the determination and will to live,” he Soop said.
The victim’s father worked with detectives to arrange a meeting place in San Gabriel where $10,000 in ransom money was to be exchanged the day after the kidnapping, investigators said. Instead, Song was met and arrested by detectives.
Song was not aware at the time that his victim had survived and been in contact with authorities.
The handling prosecutor, Deputy District Attorney Stacie Mayoras, declined to comment Friday.
Song emigrated to Chicago from the Shen-Yang Province of China under a student visa in 2008, officials said.
He moved to Monterey Park in July of 2010, sheriff’s officials said, about two months prior to the kidnapping and attempted murder.
He moved to an apartment in Monterey Park in late July, Soop said, where he has been staying since.
Song is being held without bail pending his sentencing, which is to be held April 26 in Alhambra Superior Court.
PHOTO of DeQiang Song courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department