Date
25 July 2017
Police are looking into an attack on a car cleaning woman in Tai Kok Tsui. The deaf and mute victim failed to use the '992' emergency SMS system when she was robbed and assaulted early Thursday. Photos: Google Maps
Police are looking into an attack on a car cleaning woman in Tai Kok Tsui. The deaf and mute victim failed to use the '992' emergency SMS system when she was robbed and assaulted early Thursday. Photos: Google Maps

Deaf and mute woman robbed and molested in Tai Kok Tsui

A deaf and mute woman working for a car cleaning service firm is said to have been robbed and sexually molested by an unknown assailant in Tai Kok Tsui.

The victim, believed to be 45 years in age, was attacked by a man early Thursday at the car park of a private residential complex on Hoi Wang Road, Sing Tao Daily reports. 

At around 5am, as the woman was finishing her work shift and putting her cleaning equipment at the back of a staircase, she was confronted by a man holding a seven-inch knife.

The man grabbed her iPhone 6 handset, which is worth over HK$5,000, and also launched an indecent assault on her before fleeing from the scene.

Police are now hunting for the assailant, a person said to be in his 30s and of average build.

According to the report, the suspect has short hair and wears glasses. He was reportedly wearing a white shirt and beige trousers at the time of the crime.

The victim sought help from security staff after losing sight of the attacker. Later, she provided information to the police via pen and paper.

Police officers returned to the scene of crime at around 11am on Thursday to review CCTV footage from the car park and the shops nearby.

Residents in the neighborhood were shocked to learn of the robbery and assault.

Yau-Tsim-Mong District Councilor Yu Tak-po said criminal activities have been on the rise in the district in recent years, yet the police were only conducting vehicular patrols in the locality.

The police claimed that the area is too huge for officers to patrol on foot, Yu said.

According to hk01.com, government statistics in 2013 showed that there were at least 200,000 deaf and mute persons in Hong Kong.

However, only 1,500, or less than one percent of the group, signed up for the police’s “992″ SMS reporting service.

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