Hong Kong police hunt for man who punched internet radio host more than 10 times in possible road rage incident
Tour bus driver allegedly attacked Tea Cup in a Storm’s Lai Chak-fun in Aberdeen Tunnel
An internet radio host was punched in the face more than 10 times on Tuesday morning, prompting a citywide police manhunt for the assailant.
Lai Chak-fun, 65, host of D100 radio programme Tea Cup in a Storm, was driving to his Cyberport office in Pok Fu Lam shortly before 7.30am when his car was intercepted by a tour bus in Aberdeen Tunnel.
Initial investigations showed that the bus illegally crossed double white lines, then overtook and intercepted the victim’s car in the tunnel’s Aberdeen-bound tube.
“A well-built man got off [the bus] and approached. I opened the car window to find out what was going on. Without a word, he punched me in the face more than 10 times,” Lai, also known as Grandpa Q, said on his Facebook page.
A Facebook update from Lai Chak-fun
According to police, the attacker returned to the bus and drove off after the assault.
Lai said he gave chase, noted down the plate number of the bus and called police.
After returning to his office in Cyberport Tower, the radio host was taken to Queen Mary Hospital for treatment.
“Sorry. I cannot host Tea Cup in a Storm this morning,” Lai said on Facebook.
A police source believes the attack was the result of road rage.
“Initial investigations showed the dispute over switching lanes erupted when the victim was driving along the Canal Road flyover heading toward Aberdeen Tunnel,” the source said.
Lai Chak-fun’s Facebook post on the incident
Police are treating the incident as an assault case. Detectives from Western police station are investigating.
At 1pm, a police spokeswoman said no arrest had been made in.
“Ridiculous. Must punish the mobster. Grandpa Q, take care!” a D100 listener named Eva Chua wrote on Facebook.
D100, a global multimedia Chinese radio station, was founded by commentator and entrepreneur Albert Cheng King-hon and his business partner Morris Ho Kwok-fai in 2012.