Residents evacuated after arson threat
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.