Jackie Chan

Residents evacuated after arson threat

PUBLISHED : Monday, 03 September, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 03 September, 2007, 12:00am


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Residents at some flats in Fairview Park, Yuen Long, were evacuated yesterday after a man threatened to attack a flat owner with a bottle of suspected flammable liquid following a dispute over money.

In the incident, which began at about 9am, a man surnamed Li, 53, demanded that the flat-owner surnamed Chan repay his debts.

The attacker allegedly smashed the windscreen of Chan's car and hit him on the head with a hard object. He then jumped on the roof of the car waving a bottle of suspected flammable liquid in one hand and a lighter in the other, while making threats.

Firemen evacuated residents in surrounding flats as police tried to negotiate with the man.

The man was arrested after a 30-minute stand-off with police and was admitted to North District Hospital for medical checks. His victim was sent to the same hospital for treatment.

In a similar incident last month, Li alleged that Chan, a former business partner, had ruined his business 10 years ago. He also attempted to stage a protest and place signboards outside the flats on August 18 but was ordered out by Fairview Park's security guards.

The following day, Li climbed on to the roof of a village house nearby and threatened to commit suicide. He was persuaded to come down after two hours.