Hong Kong police arrest suspect after attack on two pedestrians in Yau Ma Tei

Officers believe man used knife or pair of scissors to injure victims in the back

PUBLISHED : Friday, 16 June, 2017, 2:13pm
UPDATED : Friday, 16 June, 2017, 3:16pm

Hong Kong police arrested a man on Friday following a citywide search after two pedestrians were attacked with a sharp object on a street in Yau Ma Tei in the morning.

He was picked up in a building in Parkes Street in the district after 1pm.

The Chinese man believed to be about 40 years old is suspected of injuring two people in the back in the attack, which happened in Portland Street shortly after 11am.

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Officers believed he was armed with a knife or a pair of scissors during the incident.

The first victim – a 36-year-old man – was waiting for a bus in Portland Street near the junction with Man Ming Lane, according to police.

“He was attacked from behind and injured in the back,” a police spokesman said. After the attack, the suspect fled on foot.

“After running a short distance, he attacked another victim [aged 26] who was inserting coins into a parking meter nearby,” he said.

The two victims suffered minor back injuries and were taken to Kwong Wah Hospital for treatment.

Police suspected that the attacker might be mentally challenged. “Officers were told the man was murmuring to himself in the incident,” a source said.

The force is treating the case as one of “wounding”. Detectives from the Yau Tsim police district are handling the case.