Date
17 December 2017
After receiving an alert about a knife-carrying passenger (representational image, inset), police officers arrested the suspect at Wan Chai MTR station early Monday. Photos: wikipedia, baidu.com
After receiving an alert about a knife-carrying passenger (representational image, inset), police officers arrested the suspect at Wan Chai MTR station early Monday. Photos: wikipedia, baidu.com

Man, 29, arrested for carrying long knife aboard MTR train

A 29-year-old mentally ill man was taken into police custody on Monday after he was found carrying a long knife under his arm while traveling on an MTR train.

According to the police, they received an alert early yesterday that a man got onto a train with a dangerous weapon, causing alarm to the passengers.

The incident happened during the morning rush hour at about 7 am, on an Island Line train bound for Kennedy Town, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

When he boarded the train at Shau Kei Wan Station, a passenger noticed that the man was carrying a 14-inch-long knife under his arm.

As the man had a dazed look in his eye, the passenger became worried and notified an MTR staffer, who then called the police. 

Police officers arrested him at Wan Chai Station without meeting any resistance. He was taken to the police station for questioning.

According to Ming Pao Daily, the man is believed to have suffered from some mental disorder for years.

During questioning, the man, who was charged with possession of offensive weapons, told the police that he had been on his way to a vocational training facility and that he was carrying a knife to just cut fruits.

MTR, meanwhile, said that no one was injured in the Monday incident and that train services were not affected.

Authorities have been maintaining extra vigil at rail stations following a shocking incident on Feb. 10, when a 60-year-old man poured flammable liquid on himself and passengers close to him before starting a blaze with a lighter.

The incident led to a total of 19 passengers suffering burns and other injuries.

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