Police are hunting for a man who appears to have been attacking young women randomly in Sham Shui Po, Apple Daily reported Tuesday.
Four victims, including two students, were attacked within seven hours on Friday in Fu Cheong Estate, Wing Cheong Estate and Nam Cheong Estate.
The first, a 17-year-old student, was hit on the head with an electrical plug at about 4:06 p.m. as she walked on Sai Chuen Road in Fu Cheong Estate after school.
A passerby called police. She was taken to hospital with blood covering her face.
A 23-year-old woman was attacked about 14 minutes later.
A man suddenly jumped in front of her and punched her in the face.
The third attack took place at about 10:53 p.m. in Wing Cheong Estate, where a 22-year-old woman was also punched in the face.
A 20-year-old student was assaulted in Nam Cheong Estate about 11 minutes later.
Based on descriptions by the victims and footage from security cameras in the three estates, police believe the attacks were all carried out by the same man, who is likely to be about 40 years old and 1.7 meters tall, with a skinny build and short, black hair.
The victims did not know one another and said they had never seen the man before.
Police suspect he could be a psychopath who has a grudge against women.
Several police officers continued searching for the man in the three estates Monday and collected footage from security cameras in the area.
No one has been arrested.
Police urge citizens to call 2360-7200 if they see anyone suspicious.
Dr. Ting Sik-chuen, chairman of the Hong Kong Society of Psychiatrists, was quoted as saying police should catch the culprit as soon as possible.
Otherwise, he might get bolder and escalate his attacks, thinking police can do nothing about him, which would open more potential victims to danger, Ting said.
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