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Crime in Hong Kong

Man who pulled air pistol during rush-hour dispute outside Sha Tin MTR station in Hong Kong arrested at bank in Tuen Mun

Seen fleeing into New Town Plaza shopping centre after brandishing apparent firearm, he drew a pistol at the HSBC branch in Tuen Mun two hours later

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 04 July, 2018, 11:18am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 04 July, 2018, 2:30pm

A man who brandished an air pistol in a dispute outside a Hong Kong railway station during the Wednesday morning rush hour was arrested two hours later.

The man was seen arguing with a member of railway staff at exit A of Sha Tin MTR station just after 8.30am, and arrested in the Tuen Mun branch of HSBC soon after he entered at 10.30am, police said.

Officers found an air pistol in a bag he was carrying at the time of the arrest.

“The man told staff he wanted to open a bank account and then drew what appeared to be a pistol but he did not make any demand,” a police source said.

Police raced to the scene after receiving a report from an employee and said the suspect was arrested inside the bank without any resistance.

The force’s early investigation also indicated the man was the same person who drew out what appeared to be a handgun at Sha Tin earlier on Wednesday.

He was arrested for possession of an imitation firearm.

The man, whom police described as Chinese and in his 20s, had fled into New Town Plaza shopping centre next to the MTR station.

A police spokesman said no one was injured in either Sha Tin or Tuen Mun.