A 28-year judo expert received the Good Citizen of the Year Award for his bravery and skill that helped the police catch a robber.
In July last year, Tsang Yik-tsun, who works in the retail industry, saw a man grab the mobile phone of a customer at a store in Mong Kok and flee, Ming Pao Daily reported.
Tsang gave chase, but the man took out a gun and pointed it at him.
Tsang, who is an air gun enthusiast, immediately realized it was not a real gun and decided to subdue the man.
The man was arrested, charged and sentenced to two years and eight months in prison.
Tsang admitted that his martial arts skills helped him subdue the phone snatcher, adding that he would not hesitate to help if he came across a similar incident again.
The annual award is given by the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce based on the recommendations submitted by the police.
During the award ceremony, Lo Mung-hung, director of the police crime and security division, said the crime rate last year — 910 cases per 100,000 people — was the lowest since 1979.
With the help of the awardees, about 40 people were arrested for a variety of offences including telephone deception, theft, burglary, robbery, wounding and indecent assault, Lo said.
Each of the awardees received a certificate and a HK$3,000 prize, while the recipient of the Good Citizen of the Year Award took home HK$4,000.
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