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Crime in Hong Kong

Mainland visitor handcuffed and robbed of more than HK$15,000 in Hong Kong hotel room

Local police searching for man with gold-dyed hair who rang the doorbell

PUBLISHED : Monday, 27 November, 2017, 2:53pm
UPDATED : Monday, 27 November, 2017, 2:53pm

A female visitor from the mainland was handcuffed and robbed of more than HK$15,000 and a mobile phone during a hold-up in her Hong Kong hotel room on Sunday night, prompting local police to search for a Chinese man with gold-dyed hair.

The citywide manhunt kicked off just before midnight following a robbery report made from the 20-year-old mainland woman’s room at the South China Hotel on Java Road in North Point.

Initial information showed the incident happened at about 11.15pm on Sunday when the perpetrator rang the doorbell and the victim answered the door.

She was handcuffed in the incident. The culprit ransacked her room
police spokesman

The culprit rushed into the room when the woman, a two-way permit holder in Hong Kong, opened the door.

“She was handcuffed in the incident,” a police spokesman said. “The culprit ransacked her room before fleeing with 9,300 yuan,[HK$11,042], HK$4,800 and a mobile phone valued at HK$3,500.”

He said initial information showed no weapon was used in the robbery.

As the door was left wide open after the robber left, the victim shouted for help, alerting her friend next door. Officers were sent to the hotel after receiving the report from her friend.

The spokesman said the mainland woman suffered a bruise on her wrist but did not require hospital treatment.

Officers scoured the area, but no arrest was made.

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Police described the robber as a Chinese man with gold-dyed hair aged between 30 and 35, of medium build, and standing 1.8 metres tall. He was wearing a dark-green top and jeans and carrying a black rucksack.

On Monday, officers were reviewing security camera footage to collect evidence.

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Detectives from the Eastern police district were handling the case. No one has yet been arrested.

According to official statistics, police handled 102 reports of robbery across the city in the first seven months of this year, down 36.6 per cent compared with the same period last year.