Police assume triad link after masked men smash into car, attacking passengers and setting it alight

Officers say one of the victims believed to be 14K member

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 02 March, 2017, 3:55pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 02 March, 2017, 3:56pm

Four masked men crashed their Toyota Camry head-on into another car, smashed the car’s windows in and attacked the men inside with knives, before setting the car ablaze in Thursday’s early hours, in an apparently triad-related attack.

The men sped off in two other cars.

Police were searching for four non-Chinese men in connection with the case. A police source said one of the victims – all Hongkongers – was believed to be a 14K triad member.

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The four eventual victims were in a Lexus on the Tam Mi section of Castle Peak Road, Pat Heung, driving home from a barbecue, shortly after 1am when the Camry smashed into them outside a construction site.

“Four men wearing balaclavas jumped out from the Camry and smashed the Lexus’s rear doors’ windows with hard objects before attacking the victims with knives,” the source said.

He said the attackers torched the Lexus before fleeing in two other cars. One of the getaway cars was a seven-seater, according to police.

The four injured, aged between 26 and 27, were taken to Pok Oi Hospital, in Yuen Long, and Tuen Mun Hospital for treatment. Police searched for the attackers, unsuccessfully.

“We believe it was a triad-related attack,” the source said, adding that officers were investigating the motive behind the attack.

One of the victims lived near the crime scene, another source said.