Girl, 16, rescued from knife-wielding captor in Sham Shui Po flat

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 10 July, 2014, 4:30am
UPDATED : Thursday, 10 July, 2014, 5:11am

Police rescued a 16-year-old schoolgirl from a Sham Shui Po flat yesterday, after a tense stand-off with a man wielding a meat cleaver.

The girl - who says she was indecently assaulted and prevented from leaving the apartment - managed to lock herself in the kitchen before police broke into the flat in Fu Sing House, Fu Cheong Estate.

Police said the man threatened to jump out of the window before he was subdued.

The 37-year-old was high on drugs at the time of the 8.30am incident, police believe.

The girl was treated for a bruised arm at Caritas Medical Centre. "She was terrified," an officer said.

The man was being held in custody last night.

The Form Four pupil, who lives in another building on the estate, had allegedly been lured into the 16th-floor home of the man, who she said offered her a summer job when they met on the street at 8.15am. She first met him on the estate on Monday.

Inside the flat, the man appeared dazed so she made an excuse to leave, police said. But she left her mobile phone in the flat and returned for it.

"When the girl returned to collect her mobile phone, she was grabbed and dragged into the flat," the officer said.

The girl said she was indecently assaulted and prevented from leaving, police said. "There was a struggle and the girl managed to run into the kitchen and lock herself inside."

A neighbour called police when she saw the girl being dragged into the flat. When officers arrived, there was a stand-off as the man refused to open the door and threatened to jump out of a window.

"The man was holding a meat cleaver when police broke in," the officer said. "There was a brief struggle and they subdued him."

Traces of what is thought to be the drug Ice were found. The man has been arrested for indecent assault, unlawful detention and possession of an illegal drug.