A stolen car was rammed into the front gate of a residential compound owned by shoe magnate Fong Hoy-loon in Kowloon Tong on Tuesday morning, with the attackers leaving behind several knives on the driveway in an apparent warning to the businessman, police said.
The attackers drove the rear of a silver Honda Civic into the gate of the compound at No. 4 Somerset Road, hitting it several times until it was severely damaged, at around 5 a.m., Apple Daily reported.
They left behind knives, a wheel lock and a piece of towel then drove off to a bridal service shop opposite the compound before fleeing the scene.
The Honda Civic was later confirmed to be stolen car, which has gone missing since last Saturday.
Fong’s 39-year-old daughter was in the house during the attack. She called the police after being awakened by the banging at the gate.
Fong, honorary president of the Federation of Hong Kong Footwear Ltd., owns two houses in the compound, which he bought for HK$137 million in 2007.
Nicknamed “King of Shoes”, Fong was born in Penang, Malaysia, and made his fortune in Hong Kong manufacturing shoes.
He is also considered an experienced real estate speculator, snapping up retail shops in the 1990s before switching to luxury apartments and homes in 2004.
Police are reviewing CCTV footages from the house and shops nearby for leads in the investigation.
The Fong family said they had no idea why they were targeted, according to police sources.
A new electric gate, estimated to have cost HK$400,000, was seen being installed in the compound in the afternoon.
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