Hong Kong cabbie arrested for hoax 999 calls on murder, robbery, exploding air-conditioner and more

Analysis of reports made from cellphone led officers to 51-year-old suspect

PUBLISHED : Monday, 21 November, 2016, 9:13am
UPDATED : Monday, 21 November, 2016, 9:13am

A cabbie has been arrested for causing wasteful police employment by allegedly making a series of hoax calls to police reporting incidents such as a “serial murder”, an “armed robbery” and an “explosion.”

The 51-year-old man was believed to have made the first such fake report to the 999 call centre on November 11, claiming there was a robbery in Hong Ning Building on Mut Wah Street in Kwun Tong. Police found no such crime had taken place at the site.

Two days later, the man allegedly called again, making a fake report about a “serial murder” on another floor in the same building.

Only 60 per cent of 999 emergency calls to Hong Kong police are genuine

His alleged actions escalated on Saturday, when he was suspected to have made eight false reports including ones on a serial murder, a murder, an armed robbery, a burning air-conditioner that exploded and a burglary in the same building, from 6pm to 3am the next morning.

Analysis of the cellphone calls led police to the suspect.

Officers ambushed the cabbie on Bailey Street in Hung Hom as he was approaching a taxi and preparing to work on Sunday.

Police said he had no history of mental problems. Officers are looking into his motivation for the alleged hoax calls. The Kwun Tong district investigation team is investigating.