Date
24 January 2017
Police have launched a manhunt for two other suspects in the robbery of a money exchange shop in To Kwa Wan on Sunday. Photo: HKEJ
Police have launched a manhunt for two other suspects in the robbery of a money exchange shop in To Kwa Wan on Sunday. Photo: HKEJ

‘Asylum seeker’ eyed in two money exchange shop robberies

An Indian national who was arrested after he and two accomplices robbed a foreign exchange shop in To Kwa Wan on Sunday night is suspected of participating in a similar robbery in Tai Kok Tsui six days earlier, Sing Tao Daily reports.

The 31-year-old man, surnamed Singh, was caught and subdued by passersby who chased the suspects as they fled after robbing the owner of the money exchange shop outside her store on Mok Cheong Street.

The victim lost her handbags containing several thousand dollars and a mobile phone to the robbers.

After he was arrested, Singh told police he who was a torture victim in his home country India and was seeking asylum in Hong Kong.

Police have launched a manhunt for his two companions, who, like Singh, were wearing masks when they staged the robbery.

Investigators reviewed video clips from security cameras and confirmed that Singh was one of the two men who robbed the owner of another money exchange shop in Tai Kok Tsui on June 28.

The knife-wielding suspects attacked the owner as he was closing his shop, according to police.

Investigators from the crime unit of the Mong Kok district police station went to the Hung Hom police station, where he was detained, and rearrested him on Tuesday.

He was scheduled to appear at a Kowloon City Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, possibly facing additional charges.

Police said they were trying to determine whether the suspects in the two cases belong to a robbery gang composed mostly of South Asian men.

In another development, a suspect in the robbery of another money exchange shop on Wan Tau Street in Tai Po in March, in which the shop owner was killed, was arrested in Guangdong province last month.

The suspect, a 41-year-old man surnamed Jie, was born in Heyuan city in the southern Chinese province and migrated to Hong Kong when he was 10, the report said, citing the Guangdong police department.

Three men rob foreign exchange shop owner in To Kwa Wan (July 4, 2016)

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