Influential triad faction leader in Hong Kong’s Tsim Sha Tsui arrested over suspected turf war violence
- Man surnamed Chan, 37, better known as Sai B, is thought to be the mastermind behind an attack on a man in Tseung Kwan O
- Case is among spate of gang violence that police are linking to Chan’s attempt to extend his influence
An influential triad faction leader in Tsim Sha Tsui was arrested on Friday night over his suspected involvement in an attack on a man in Tseung Kwan O last month, bringing the total number of people detained over recent gangland violence to 35.
The man, surnamed Chan, 37, was detained at his home on Island Road in Southern district at about 10pm.
The Sun Yee On triad faction boss later complained of feeling unwell and was taken to Ruttonjee Hospital in Wan Chai.
Chan, better known as Sai B, was believed to be the mastermind of an attack on the King Lam Estate in Tseung Kwan O on December 27. A 35-year-old man was assaulted by three others in a multi-storey car park and suffered cuts to his limbs, back and abdomen.
A getaway car was later found abandoned and torched on nearby Tsui Lam Road.
The case was among a recent wave of triad-linked violence which police believed was connected to infighting between three Sun Yee On factions.
Chan, the most powerful leader of the triad’s Tsim Sha Tsui branch in years, is suspected to be extending his influence to Tseung Kwan O, resulting in turf wars, according to a police source.
Police said on Saturday they had arrested a total of 35 triad members in connection with seven cases, ranging from assault to criminal damage, since September 26.
Those arrested, aged 17 to 47, were all from the same triad society, police said, without naming it.
“We have reason to believe that the cases were linked to internal disputes and conflicts of interest,” said Superintendent Po Chun-kuen of the Organised Crime and Triad Bureau.
Po said they were still investigating the cases and did not rule out more arrests or the involvement of other triad societies.
In another more brazen episode on January 5, four men were ambushed on busy Prince Edward Road East in Wong Tai Sin as a car rammed into their vehicle, pinning it against a concrete median.
A group of men then set upon the trapped victims with metal pipes and meat cleavers, damaging the vehicle. Its occupants suffered minor injuries.
The attack triggered a major response from police, who launched massive raids on venues citywide suspected to be controlled by triads.
As of Friday, 10 people had been arrested with alleged connections to the Prince Edward Road attack, including a follower of Chan.