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Crime in Hong Kong

Serial sex attacks in Hong Kong feared after third and fourth women assaulted in Kwai Chung

District councillor calls for increased police patrols as two women in separate cases become latest victims in area in 13 days

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 05 July, 2018, 3:13pm
UPDATED : Friday, 06 July, 2018, 8:26am

Police are searching for a possible serial sex attacker in Hong Kong after two women became the third and fourth victims in 13 days to be assaulted in Kwai Chung.

The earlier of the two incidents took place at about 11.30pm on Wednesday on Shek Lei Street. The attacker touched the woman’s breast and then ran away.

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After receiving the report from the victim, 28, police scouted the area, but no one was arrested.

About an hour later, another woman was attacked nearby in a similar manner. She called police on Thursday.

Police said the four victims, aged 20 to 35, were attacked at night while walking alone on or near Shek Lei Street near Castle Peak Road. The previous attacks were on June 22.

The attacker in all four cases was suspected to be a South Asian man between 20 and 30 years old. He is about 1.72 metres tall and of thin build. Police said he was wearing a sleeveless white T-shirt and black trousers at the times of the incidents.

Kwai Tsing district councillor Lam Siu-fai said he had written to the city’s police chief to request increased patrols in the area.

Police said they were investigating whether the four cases were related.

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The district councillor said the two other indecent assaults happened within an hour of each other on the night of June 22. One of the attacks occurred on Shek Lei Street while the other took place on nearby Shek Pai Street.

Lam said the two victims each claimed the man who attacked them was of South Asian descent.

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He urged police to devote more resources to the cases and ensure the safety of residents. He also appealed to women to be alert.

“Female residents should ask their family members to pick them up if they return home alone at night,” Lam said.

Additional reporting by Danny Mok