Thief in Underpants Tried to Fly After Telling Child He Was Superman
Tang Lei ended up leaping out of a window after the 10-year-old asked him to prove he was a superhero.
A drunk burglar who pretended he was Superman to stop a child raising the alarm has been caught - after he leapt from the apartment building in his pants to prove his superhero credentials.
Thief Tang Lei, 25, told police in the Chinese city of Suqian that he had broken into a fifth floor flat after a drinking session, believing it was empty.
But he was horrified when the owners' 10-year-old daughter woke up while he was there.
From his hospital bed, Tang told reporters: "To keep her quiet I told her I was really Superman and I'd soon be flying off back to my secret headquarters." "She called my bluff and told me, 'If you're Superman show me you can fly or I'll scream'. "I had no choice so I stripped to my pants to look more like a superhero and went to the window. "I saw another roof below and I thought I could make it but it turned out to be a lot further down than I thought. "I know it doesn't make sense but it did to me when I was drunk."
Police later found him on the roof in just his yellow pants, covered in cuts and bruises after a baffled neighbour heard his cries of pain.
He now faces seven years behind bars for burglary.
Police spokesman Qian Lei said: "He was in quite a state and wouldn't move until we got up there using ladders.
"He was treated for his injuries and we got him some fresh clothes, before taking him to hospital where he is being kept under guard until he is well enough to be arrested."
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