Date
23 January 2017
A security camera clip shows the victim being attacked inside his 7-Eleven store in Yau Ma Tei. Photos: Google Maps, Apple Daily
A security camera clip shows the victim being attacked inside his 7-Eleven store in Yau Ma Tei. Photos: Google Maps, Apple Daily

7-Eleven stabbing victim dies, case reclassified to murder

A 7-Eleven storekeeper has died a week after he was stabbed by a customer over unpaid potato chips.

Paul Cheng, 38, succumbed to a stab wound to his chest in the March 8 attack, Apple Daily reports.

Cheng had a wife and a months-old baby. The couple began operating the convenience store franchise in Yau Ma Tei two years ago.

Police have reclassified the case to murder from attempted murder.

They have arrested a suspect, described as a Vietnamese-Canadian man, who was identified from the store’s security camera.

Cheng was preparing for his dinner break when the suspect came and walked away without paying for a pack of potato chips.

Cheng followed him outside the store and demanded payment.

When the suspect refused, Cheng called the police. The two quarrelled briefly then fought inside the shop, where the suspect stabbed Cheng in the chest.

The suspect fled as his victim lay bleeding on the floor, according to investigators.

A spokesperson for 7-Eleven said the company has guidelines for dealing with unexpected incidents.

Staff are reminded to put their personal safety first, he said.

Vietnamese Canadian held in 7-Eleven stabbing (March 10, 2016)

7-Eleven storekeeper stabbed over potato chips (March 9, 2016) 

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