Businessman's abduction foiled

A businessman was beaten and locked in the boot of his car in a bungled abduction by two robbers in Mong Kok yesterday.

The 68-year-old man, the owner of an engineering company, was found inside the car's boot, with facial injuries, when police intercepted the vehicle in Mong Kok at about 1pm, at the junction of Fuk Tsun and Oak streets.

One of the abductors was arrested in the vehicle and 'his accomplice was caught in a nearby bank while trying to cash a cheque with the face value of HK$100,000', a police source said.

Last night, both suspects, aged between 20 and 40, were being detained at Kowloon City police station for questioning. No charges had been laid.

The car owner's 41/2-hour ordeal began after he parked his car in a multistorey car park in Canton Road, Mong Kok, at about 8.30am.

He was assaulted and robbed of thousands of dollars, a luxury watch and a mobile phone before being locked in the boot of his Mercedes-Benz.

'The victim was first driven to withdraw money from an automatic teller machine somewhere in Kowloon West, but he was too panicked and he forgot the PIN number,' the source said.

The victim then called his office in Bute Street, Mong Kok, telling an employee that he needed money urgently and asked staff to prepare a cheque claiming that his friends would come to collect it.

A staff member gave the cheque to the culprits when they arrived in his Mercedes-Benz at around midday. The employee phoned the victim's family because his boss was not in the car and he did not know the two men.

Police started looking for the car after a family member called 999.

At about 1pm, officers from Kowloon West emergency unit spotted the car.

Last night, the businessman was being treated for his facial injuries at Kwong Wah Hospital.