A foreign exchange shop owner was robbed of several thousand dollars by three masked men in front of her store in To Kwa Wan on Sunday night.
The victim, a 66-year-old Filipina identified only as Lily, was closing her shop at 38 Mok Cheong Street at around 8 p.m., when the three men wearing masks and black T-shirts surrounded her, threatened her with a foot-long knife and grabbed her two handbags and mobile phone, Apple Daily reports. She was not injured.
As the robbers fled, several passersby including a Pakistani and a Sri Lankan chased them and were able to catch one of the suspects.
The suspect, of South Asian ethnicity, said he was a torture victim in his country and seeking asylum in Hong Kong.
It was the second case of robbery of a foreign exchange shop in a week.
Hong Kong Money Service Operators Association chairman Tse Tin-nang said small money exchange shops should avoid using bags to carry cash and transferring money on a regular schedule.
Installing closed circuit television cameras around the shop is a must, Tse said.
On June 28, a foreign exchange shop owner was seriously injured after he was attacked by two men of South Asian ethnicity who robbed him of HK$350,000 in cash outside his shop in Tai Kok Tsui.
Translation by Chloe Chow
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