Abduction scare at Ho Man Tin primary school
Woman allegedly snatched the girl from a bus stop about near Pui Ching Primary School
A middle-aged woman is being sought by police after a four-year-old girl was allegedly abducted near her school in Ho Man Tin on Monday.
The woman allegedly snatched the girl from a bus stop about 60 metres away from Pui Ching Primary School in Waterloo Road, Kowloon, at about 4.40pm on Monday, said police. The girl attends the afternoon kindergarten session at the school.
On Monday afternoon, the girl and her six-year-old brother were picked up by their grandmother after school and were waiting at the bus stop. After bending down to collect her bags, the grandmother noticed that the girl was missing and saw that she was on the departing No 271 bus.
The grandmother managed to stop the bus, get on board and retrieve the child. The bus then departed with the alleged abductor still on board.
On Monday evening, after returning the children to their Yau Ma Tei home, the grandmother discussed the incident with their parents and called the police.
Police are looking for a Chinese woman with short hair, between 40 and 50 years old, approximately 1.65 metres tall. At the time of the incident, she was wearing a floral-pattern T-shirt and blue jeans.
On Wednesday morning, crime-squad officers conducted inquiries and collected surveillance recordings from shops near the scene.
After Monday’s incident, extra school staff members have been assigned to patrol around the school, before and after classes.
Chang Kwong-tak, the school’s principal, said the girl was unhurt in the incident.
“When our staff asked her whether a woman had carried her into a bus, she remained silent,” he said. “But she is cheerful and talkative when we talk to her on other topics.”
Chang said the school’s social workers and counsellors would monitor her behaviour.
The school has written to parents reminding them to keep an eye on their children and to remind their children not talk to strangers.
Chang said the school already had tight security measures.
“Students who take the school bus are only allowed to board and disembark in the school compound,” he said. “Only parents and child-minders with permits are allowed to enter the school and collect their children.”
Kowloon police have appealed to the woman involved and witnesses to contact officers at 2760 5512.