Hong Kong man taken to hospital after Putonghua-speaking trio wave tissue with ‘unusual smell’ at him
Police on hunt for three suspects; victim did not lose any property in incident
Police are searching for three Putonghua-speaking suspects following a Hong Kong man’s report that he felt unwell after a piece of tissue paper that smelled unusual was waved near his face on a busy street in Central.
The victim, 35, was walking along Des Voeux Road Central near the junction with Pottinger Street at about 6.30pm on Sunday.
According to police, two women and a man have been accused of waving a paper towel near his face before walking away. It is not clear which of the three was holding the tissue.
A police spokesman said the victim felt unwell after inhaling the scent and called police.
He was taken conscious to Queen Mary Hospital, but left after receiving a check-up.
Detectives from Central police district are investigating. So far, no one has been arrested.
Under the Offences Against the Person Ordinance, administering poison to endanger life or inflict grievous bodily harm carries a maximum penalty of 10 years’ imprisonment.
When asked whether this was an attempted robbery, a police source said it was too early to conclude, and they needed more time to collect evidence.
“An initial investigation showed there was no physical contact between the victim and the three suspects, and no one approached the victim and tried to steal his property in the incident,” he said.
Officers are examining security camera footage in an effort to identify the three suspects and determine whether they had accomplices.
Police figures show there were 61 reports of robbery in the first four months of this year, a 33.7 per cent drop compared with 92 in the same period last year.