Manhunt on for suspect in rape attempt at Hong Kong public housing estate

A 19-year-old student was returning home from a jog when she was ambushed by a stranger

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 29 July, 2017, 11:36am
UPDATED : Saturday, 29 July, 2017, 10:03pm

Scores of police officers combed through a public housing estate in Kowloon East on Saturday morning after an attempt was made to rape a 19-year-old woman.

Police were called to Tin Wan House at Shun Tin Estate in Kwun Tong at about 2am after reports that the woman had been indecently assaulted.

According to sources, the victim, a tertiary student, had gone for a jog in Kwun Tong and was returning home when she was ambushed from behind.

“The man allegedly pushed her to the ground and pulled her aside. He then covered her head with a shopping bag,” a source said.

“The victim then bit his arm, prompting the man to escape. He took the bag with him.”

Inspector Wan Chun-hong of Sau Mau Ping police district said officers were looking for a man in his 20s. He described the attacker as skinny and around 1.7 metres tall.

He was wearing glasses with a black frame, a dark T-shirt and dark shorts and was carrying a dark shoulder bag at the time.

Wan stressed the neighbourhood was still safe and believed the incident was not part of a worsening trend.

Police classified the case as attempted rape.

More than 20 officers from the Police Tactical Unit returned to the area with detectives on Saturday morning to gather more evidence and continue the search.

Officers are also checking surveillance camera footage to try to find the attacker.

There has been an increase in sex crimes in the first half of this year, against an overall downward trend in recent years.

Between January and June, there were 32 cases of rape and 518 cases of indecent assault, representing a 6.7 and 6.8 per cent rise on the same period last year.

In one of the most shocking incidents, a 22-year-old student was robbed and raped in Kowloon Bay in May. The 48-year-old suspect was arrested days later, before he hanged himself in a police station, prompting an internal investigation by the force.