Hong Kong police arrest family of three for illegally imprisoning and beating girl, 16
Attackers accused victim of stealing HK$27,000
Police arrested a family of three on Wednesday for beating up a 16-year-old girl and illegally imprisoning her in a Causeway Bay apartment in a possible scam bid.
The suspects, a 34-year-old woman and her parents, both 59, allegedly prevented the teenager from leaving their Paterson Street flat, assaulted her and damaged her mobile phone, according to police. The victim knew the youngest suspect from when they worked at the same hair salon.
It is understood that the 34-year-old woman, surnamed Gao, is a new immigrant from the mainland, and her parents are visitors from across the border.
Initial investigations showed Gao had accused the girl of stealing HK$27,000 from her after she got drunk when they were at a pub together on Tuesday night, a police source said. Gao met the girl again at lunchtime on Wednesday and later brought her to the Paterson Street flat, according to police.
The victim was allegedly prevented from leaving the apartment, where she was assaulted. Her phone was also allegedly thrown to the floor and smashed, the source said, adding that the teenager was then told to raise the missing money.
The case came to light when the victim called her father, 56, who made a police report shortly after 4pm on Wednesday.
Police officers arrived at the flat and found the injured girl. She was sent to Ruttonjee Hospital in a conscious state with injuries to her face, neck, back and arm. She was discharged after treatment.
Gao and her parents were held on suspicion of unlawful detention and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. Gao was also suspected of causing criminal damage.
Another source said that at this stage of the investigation, there was no evidence to suggest the girl had stolen from Gao. “Police are investigating whether the accusation was an excuse in an attempt to scam the victim,” he said.
Wan Chai district police investigators are looking into the case.