Hong Kong police have so far arrested two men believed linked to a robbery captured on video earlier this month in which a man was slashed in front of horrified onlookers in a railway concourse and had a HK$270,000 (US$35,000) Rolex watch snatched from him.
Police on Saturday said they had arrested a 20-year-old man in a Tin Shui Wai hotel on Friday and charged him with one court of robbery. He is expected to appear in court on Monday.
The crime happened on August 4. A video clip that circulated widely online showed two men in black caps and jumpers attacking the victim with a 30cm knife and a baton in front of the turnstiles near Exit D of the Tai Wai MTR station. The victim was left in a pool of blood and received help from MTR staff.
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Nearby passengers, including children and the elderly, screamed in horror as the pair, who were wearing surgical masks, fled after snatching a wrist bag from the victim, who later said a Rolex Cosmograph Daytona had been taken.
Chief inspector Poon Ngok-him said the 47-year-old victim, who said he was an engineer, posted about the watch on social media in hopes of selling it. He then arranged a face-to-face meeting in the railway station after a man showed interest, leading to the robbery.
Poon added that the two armed robbers slashed and struck the victim at least 10 times with an extendable baton and a knife, then jumped into a white car and fled.
At midnight on August 5, Officers discovered the car abandoned in Tung Chung and found the weapons as well as the certificate of the stolen watch inside the vehicle.
“We arrested a 20-year-old man in Fanling that day and believe he is the car owner,” Poon continued, adding he was arrested for conspiracy to robbery and had since been released on bail.
He said police were still hunting another armed robber and did not rule out more arrests. The Rolex remains missing.
Reports of robberies have been on the rise across the city. Police figures show there were 186 robberies in the first half of this year, up 322 per cent from just 44 in the same period last year.