Police arrested a 25-year-old taxi driver over the weekend after he tried to extort sex from a passenger who left her smartphone in his vehicle, Metro Daily reported Monday.
The man, who said he is a college graduate, picked up two female Chinese Canadians, aged 22 and 23, at Lan Kwai Fong on Saturday morning, the report said. He chatted with the two ladies in English during the journey.
He dropped them off at the Sheung Shui MTR Station.
After finding they left a Samsung Note 3 phone at the backseat, he looked through the phone’s list of contacts. He called one and asked her to tell her friend to meet with him to get her phone back.
He then gave the phone owner two choices: either she pays him HK$4,000 (US$516.08) or spends the night with him. Later he raised the price to HK$4,500.
The two girls called the police before they went to Sheung Shui station to get the phone back.
They negotiated the price with the taxi driver and finally agreed to pay HK$1,500 for the return of the phone. When he was about to get the money, police showed up and arrested him.
The driver said he regretted what he did. Police took him back to his residence but found nothing suspicious there.
A lawyer told Apple Daily the driver could be charged with extortion because he sought to obtain money or services from a person through coercion.
The driver said he is a tourism graduate, having obtained the degree from a foreign university through a correspondence program. He also said he once worked as an airline ground crew member and was the subject of complaints for allegedly touching female colleagues improperly.
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