23 suspects behind car park attacks arrested

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 29 July, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 29 July, 2012, 12:00am


Police believe they have busted a triad gang responsible for a wave of destruction at more than a dozen car parks across Kowloon and the southern New Territories.

The gang went on the rampage in April, destroying 14 open-air car parks in just a few hours. All of the car parks were, or had previously been, operated by the same company and police suspect there was some kind of personal grudge between the car park operator and the gang.

A series of police raids on Friday snared 23 people, including the man police believe was the mastermind.

The gang smashed the glass windows of the shroff offices using bricks and blocks of wood, poured red paint on the buildings and destroyed the entry barriers of the car parks. Police received the reports on the night of April 15 and 16.

The 21 men and two women arrested were aged between 20 and 49, with a 43-year-old man identified as the likely ringleader of the operation.

The man, who told police he was a merchant working in the transport industry, has a criminal record and has a triad background. All of those arrested are suspected to be members of a triad society and will face charges.

The raids were the second police operation against triads in as many days. Officers arrested 26 men on Thursday, including core members of gangs active in the Wong Tai Sin and Kwun Tong areas. Of those, seven had their first court hearing yesterday.