Date
28 July 2017
Officers display evidence, including a self-made price list, from the unregistered hire van. The driver was arrested for robbery, operating an illegal hire vehicle and driving without third-party insurance. Photo: Ming Pao
Officers display evidence, including a self-made price list, from the unregistered hire van. The driver was arrested for robbery, operating an illegal hire vehicle and driving without third-party insurance. Photo: Ming Pao

Ex-triad driver victimizes Tanzanian passenger twice

A Hong Kong van driver overcharged his foreign passenger then locked her inside the vehicle and robbed her.

Police said the 67-year-old man, surnamed Tong, picked up the Tanzanian woman at Chek Lap Kok airport on Monday in an unregistered hire vehicle known in the industry as “pak pai”.

He agreed to bring her to a Tsim Sha Tsui hotel for HK$300 (US$38.70).

But Tong changed his mind when they got under way and asked for HK$2,880, Ming Pao Daily reports.

After the woman told him she did not have enough cash, he drove to a money shop where she exchanged US$500.

But when they got to her destination and the woman had paid the fare, Tong would not let her out unless she handed the rest of the money, investigators said. 

The 39-year-old woman complained to a hotel staff who called the police.

Tong was arrested on Wednesday and charged with robbery, operating an illegal hire vehicle and driving without third-party insurance.

Police said Tong has a triad background but worked alone and might have had previous arrests.

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