Date
8 December 2016
Airport police order a robbery suspect to lie on the floor with face down (left photo in circle) before subduing him. Photos: Facebook/wancafe/goaf billy, tvb.com
Airport police order a robbery suspect to lie on the floor with face down (left photo in circle) before subduing him. Photos: Facebook/wancafe/goaf billy, tvb.com

Russian arrested in airport forex shop robbery drama

A Russian man was arrested late Thursday following a robbery at a foreign exchange shop in the Hong Kong airport’s Terminal 2 building.

The man, 44, was apprehended outside the taxi stand near the airport terminal as he was trying to flee with several thousands of dollars that he had grabbed from a money changer.

According to reports, the suspect pulled a knife and forced a forex shop employee into handing him the cash.

As he starting running after grabbing the money, the shop employee — a female — raised an alarm and also tried to give chase.

But the man ran out of the building and started going toward the taxi stand. He tried to forcibly get into a taxi, brandishing his knife at the driver but the latter resisted.

It was at that time that the Russian found himself surrounded by armed airport police officers. A tense standoff ensued, following which the suspect was subdued and taken into custody.

A taxi driver who witnessed the suspect running suspiciously from the passenger terminal told reporters that the Russian man approached a taxi with a knife.

The driver quickly got off his car and ran for safety. The Russian man caught up with the fleeing taxi driver and put a knife around his neck, seemingly trying to force the driver to drive him away.

It was then that the airport police, with pistols drawn, surrounded him and asked him to surrender.

Several passers-by and taxi drivers witnessed the dramatic scenes, which some people captured on their smartphones. 

A video clip circulated online shows that when the suspect was ordered to lie on the floor with face down and hands up around his head, a voice is heard saying: “give orders in English, he’s a foreigner”.

According to Apple Daily, the suspect used a 12-inch knife during the hold-up at the forex shop which was located on the third floor of the Terminal 2. 

Reports suggest that the man may have consumed alcohol before pulling his stunt at the airport.  

After arresting him, police recovered all the stolen cash, which according to some reports amounted to HK$59,000.

Police are now conducting an investigation, looking into the man’s background.

Meanwhile, the forex shop employee who gave chase is reported to have twisted her ankle.

She has been taken to the North Lantau Hospital for treatment, according to hk01.com.

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