Cabbie robs and beats his passenger

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 16 April, 2013, 9:04pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 17 April, 2013, 3:22am

Police have arrested a cabbie in connection with a robbery in which a female taxi passenger was assaulted and robbed of her handbag in Yuen Long.

The 54-year-old man was picked up by detectives in Yuen Long at about 7pm on Monday.

Police are still looking for the stolen properties – a handbag worth HK$6,800, a mobile phone worth HK$3,000, a wallet and her identity card.

On Tuesday afternoon, the suspect was still being detained in Yuen Long police station and had not bee charged.

A police investigator said the man would be line up in an identification parade on Wednesday.

The robbery happened at about 3.30am on April 5 after the 33-year-old woman flagged down a New Territories taxi in Kau Yuk Road, Yuen Long.

At Long Ho Road – about 2km from where she got into the cab, the taxi driver claimed his vehicle had broken down and asked her to push it.

As she alighted, he punched and kicked her. He then grabbed the handbag containing the mobile phone, the wallet, her identity card and a small amount of cash and drove off.

The woman was slightly injured but did not require hospital treatment.