Guangdong police arrest five suspects over kidnap of Hong Kong fashion heiress Queenie Law
Another alleged gang member caught at border will appear in court today as hunt continues for two more men and HK$28 million ransom cash
Five men suspected of involvement in the kidnapping of Bossini clothing chain heiress Queenie Rosita Law - two of them thought to be core members of the gang who snatched her - have been arrested in Guangdong as efforts continue to recover the HK$28 million ransom paid for her release.
The arrests - in various locations across Guangdong - came as Hong Kong police last night charged a 29-year-old mainland man surnamed Zheng in connection with the case, which has rocked the city and provoked security jitters among the rich and famous.
Zheng was arrested on Sunday night as he tried to leave Hong Kong for Shenzhen at the Lo Wu immigration checkpoint. He is expected to appear in Kwun Tong Court today on a charge of conspiring to forcibly take or detain a person with intent to sell him or her.
Meanwhile, Hong Kong and mainland police continue their hunt for two key members of the gang who managed to evade a huge police dragnet and flee the city. It is unclear whether the kidnappers still at large are in possession of the HK$28 million paid for the release of Law last Tuesday night.
The arrested suspects - all mainland men - were detained by police in Guangdong after Hong Kong police sought their help in tracking down the six kidnappers who broke into Law's house in Sai Kung and abducted her on April 25.
"We picked up the last two in Shenzhen on Monday morning. The others were arrested in other parts of Guangdong, including Dongguan ," a source close to Shenzhen police said yesterday. The source said two of the men were picked up when police raided a hostel in Shenzhen on Monday.
"At about 6.30am yesterday, I saw a police car arriving at the hostel. Two or three plainclothes officers stormed inside while two officers in uniforms guarded in front of the hostel," one witness who works near the hostel said.
"At about 7am, two men were taken away by policemen."
Yesterday the owner of the hostel refused to comment, saying: "I fear possible retaliation."
The two were captured about eight hours after Hong Kong police arrested Zheng when he tried to cross into Shenzhen at about 10.30pm on Sunday. The man from Guizhou province is the only suspect to be caught in Hong Kong. No ransom money was found on him
Yesterday the 29-year-old was escorted by police to Choi Hung and Sai Kung for a reconstruction of the crime.
Six Putonghua-speaking men broke into Law's house in Sai Kung on April 25. The gang abducted Law and also stole more than HK$2 million in cash and valuables.
The kidnappers held Law in a secluded cave in Fei Ngo Shan before they called her father and demanded more than HK$40 million for her release. That amount was later reduced to HK$28 million.
Law, the granddaughter of Bossini founder Law Ting-pong, was released after the ransom money was paid. Police then launched a massive manhunt across the city.