A 39-year-old man was arrested in connection with an attack on two pedestrians in Hong Kong’s Yuen Long district Tuesday.
The man, who bears the surname Yeung, is believed to have attacked and injured two women, aged 58 and 41, with a box-cutter at around 11 am.
The incident took place as the women were walking along On Ning Road.
According to an Apple Daily report, the victims — a woman and her niece — were making their way back home after visiting the elder woman’s father atPok Oi hospital.
As they were passing by a book store, Yeung, wearing a black shirt, suddenly came out and slashed the women with a box-cutter.
The women, said to bear the surnames Ng and Lau, suffered shoulder and neck injuries.
Yeung escaped immediately and threw his cutter in a convenience shop nearby.
Ng and Lau screamed for help, prompting an employee of the bookstore to rush out. Using a box of tissues, he tried to stop the women from bleeding.
Meanwhile, a male pedestrian called the police and also gave chase to the suspect.
When the suspect arrived at Hay Ping House in Long Ping Estate, the place where he lives, police officers arrived and arrested the man.
According to Apple Daily, Yeung has a history of mental illness.
He is said to have been involved in another violent incident two months ago when he attacked a man for no reason.
Ng and Lau were taken to a hospital after first-aid treatment.
Yuen Long District Council member Kwong Chun-yu said the incident shows that rehabilitation services are inadequate in the district.
The government should devote more resources to tackling the issue of mentally ill people, he said.
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