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Crime in Hong Kong

Two suspected carjackers hold driver at knifepoint in Hong Kong

No arrests made in incident that left victim unharmed

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 01 April, 2018, 2:31pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 01 April, 2018, 10:49pm

Two suspected carjackers held a driver at knifepoint and robbed him of his vehicle in Hong Kong’s Sham Shui Po on Saturday night.

The incident took place at the junction of Tai Nan and Wong Chuk streets around midnight as the driver, a 42-year-old man surnamed Wong, sat in his parked 2006 Nissan Skyline.

The two men approached the car, opened its doors, and one of them held a knife to Wong, police said.

He was forced out of the vehicle, and the culprits sped off. Unharmed, he immediately reported the case to police.

Wong claimed not to know the two suspects, and told officers he had no personal grudges or debts.

Sham Shui Po district police are investigating the case as one of suspected taking of conveyance without authority and possession of illegal weapons.

No arrests have been made.

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Last August, motorists in the city were told to stay alert after two carjackings in Mong Kok within two weeks.

In one case, a domestic helper was pulled off a seven-seater, and in the other, a newspaper van was stolen.

However, carjackings are relatively uncommon in Hong Kong, and rarely involve weapons. They are not published in the general breakdown of annual crime statistics.

There were a total of 163 robberies in the city in 2017, down from 260 in the preceding year.

But police have noted an increased number of car thefts in recent years. Last year, there were 511 cases of theft involving missing motor vehicles, up from 433 in 2016.