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Crime in Hong Kong

iPhone X seller punched and robbed of three devices at MTR station in Hong Kong

Police hunt for man and woman after apparent phone sale gone awry

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 05 November, 2017, 10:33am
UPDATED : Sunday, 05 November, 2017, 10:33am

A man was punched in the face and robbed of three brand new iPhones, in an apparent sale gone awry at Kowloon Tong MTR station on Saturday.

Police officers were still hunting the culprits on Saturday night. The 22-year-old victim, surnamed Cheng, hurt his head and was sent to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for treatment. He was later discharged.

At about 5pm, Cheng was reselling three models of the new iPhone X, worth about HK$30,000 in total.

He had arranged to meet the buyers – a man and woman, both aged between 20 and 30 – outside Kowloon Tong station, according to police. He had told them to put the money for the phones in his bank account before they met.

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But when the three got together, an argument broke out because Cheng discovered that the buyers had not deposited the cash.

“The male suspect punched the victim in the face before the woman snatched the three phones,” a police spokeswoman said. “The pair then fled.”

She said the victim asked passers-by outside the station to call police. On Saturday night, officers were still looking for the culprits.

The iPhone X’s launch, on the 10th anniversary of Apple’s signature product, was highly anticipated around the world.

More than 100 people lined up outside the Apple store in Causeway Bay before 8am on Friday to collect the smartphones they reserved online a week ago, when all models of the device were snapped up within 15 minutes.

Retail prices for the iPhone X are HK$8,688 (US$1,113) and HK$9,888 (US$1,267) for the 64GB and 256GB models.