Hong Kong police arrest man suspected of waving knife at two commuters in MTR dispute

Man and one of the two commuters were engaged in a fight; third man tried to separate the pair but was also detained for fighting

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 25 July, 2017, 1:57pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 26 July, 2017, 12:33am

Officers from the police emergency unit rushed to an MTR station in the city armed with shields to look for a man suspected of waving a knife at two commuters during the morning rush hour on Tuesday.

He was later found at another MTR station and arrested for fighting and possession of an offensive weapon.

A police source close to the matter said that at 8.34am, two men were seen fighting on the Admiralty MTR platform after bumping into each other.

Before that, the two, surnamed So and Ng, were already arguing on the train on the Island Line, he said.

“Ng, 23, had got off at Admiralty station and wanted to back down from the argument. But So, 35, tagged along and grabbed Ng from behind,” the source said.

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“Another 28-year-old passenger, surnamed Tam, who did not know the pair, witnessed the fight and tried to separate the duo. He allegedly also hit So.”

The source added that So then took out a six-inch-long knife and waved it at the other two. He later boarded a train heading towards Kennedy Town but was tailed by MTR staff.

“We sent EU [emergency unit] officers to Admiralty station ... but our other officers found the armed man, So, in Kennedy Town station and arrested him there,” the source continued, adding Tam was also arrested for fighting.

Tam and So were detained at Western police station for investigation and later released on bail. They must report back next month.

Ng, who suffered injuries to his neck, face and chest, went to Queen Mary Hospital by himself for treatment.