FBI: Chinese National Kidnapped after Business Meeting in SGV

By Keyang Pang

Ruochen Liao. FBI

Los Angeles—The FBI hosted a press conference on Monday, August 20, to provide additional details about a suspected kidnapping in July of a Chinese national adult male from the San Gabriel Valley area of Los Angeles.

Ruochen “Tony” Liao, 28, was kidnapped by three men on July 16 in San Gabriel Square after attending a business meeting. The suspects later demanded a $2 million ransom from Liao’s family, which was not paid, according to the FBI.

FBI released a sketch of one of the suspects names “David”.

Liao, who was working at a Costa Mesa car dealership that sold high-end cars, such as Porches and Bentleys. Officials said, his kidnapping may be linked to a business deal gone sour.

Witnesses told the FBI that three men of Chinese ethnicity were involved in the kidnapping. They were riding in two very similar looking, dark colored vehicles, a van, probably a Toyota Sienna or one similar to it; and an SUV, probably a Range Rover, according to the FBI.

A dark colored vehicle, probably a Toyota Sienna was involved in the abduction. FBI
A dark colored vehicle, probably a Range Rover was involved in the abduction. FBI.

On Monday, FBI released a sketch of one of the suspects named “David”, they believe David was involved in the kidnapping, according to Matthew Lombard, an attorney for Liao’s family.

Liao’s family is offering a reward of $150,000 for information leading to his return; the FBI is offering a reward of up to $25,000 in the case.

Anyone with information concerning the victim should contact their nearest FBI Office. In Los Angeles, the FBI can be reached 24 hours a day at 310-477-6565.


“Tony”, Liao Ruochen

Date(s) of Birth Used March 16, 1990
Place of Birth Sichuan, China
Hair Black
Eyes Black
Height 5’6″
Weight 130 pounds
Sex Male
Race Asian
Nationality Chinese


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