Two men attacked and robbed a pregnant woman after arguing with her and her husband outside a Hong Kong railway station during Friday’s early hours.
The pair made off with a necklace and HK$20,000 (US$2,550) in cash.
The 39-year-old woman, a Hong Kong identity card holder of Pakistani origin, and her husband, 42, were arguing with two non-Chinese men when the incident happened on Pitt Street, near Yau Ma Tei MTR station, soon after midnight.
“In the midst of the argument, she was slapped in the face twice and punched in the abdomen and her husband was pushed to the floor,” a police source said.
The two suspects snatched her necklace and her handbag containing HK$20,000 and a mobile phone, before fleeing on foot.
The husband called police, who combed the area but arrested no one.
Officers said no obvious injuries were found on the woman, who was taken to Kwong Wah Hospital and was discharged after a check-up. Her husband was unhurt in the incident.
The Post was told that the couple were running a business to help South Asian people find jobs in the city. “It’s possible the dispute was related to their business,” a source said.
On Friday morning, detectives were checking CCTV footage in an effort to identify the two men and gather evidence.
Separately, police were called to a guest house in Tung Shing Lei, Yuen Long, at about 1.15am after a female employee, 29, was robbed of HK$12,400 at knifepoint.
The male robber, thought to be about 30, was carrying a meat cleaver and wearing a face mask, hat and gloves at the time of the raid. He fled before police arrived. No one was injured in the incident.
According to police, the man, who was slim and about 1.7 metres tall, was wearing a grey shirt and black trousers.
In the first half of 2019, police handled 44 reports of robbery across the city.
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