Date
25 June 2017
Lee Wai-man was walking inside a mall with a suitcase when the robbers struck. The suitcase contained 24 gold bars and 10 million Japanese yen in cash, Lee said. Photo: http://www.playthearsenalway.com.hk, tvb.com
Lee Wai-man was walking inside a mall with a suitcase when the robbers struck. The suitcase contained 24 gold bars and 10 million Japanese yen in cash, Lee said. Photo: http://www.playthearsenalway.com.hk, tvb.com

Ex-football captain loses gold, cash to robbers

Police are looking for six men reportedly of South Asian origin who are suspected of robbing a former football player of gold bars and a large amount of cash.

The incident took place at about 9 p.m. Wednesday at a shopping mall across from the Hung Hom MTR Station, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Lee Wai-man, 43, former captain of the Hong Kong national football team, was walking in the hall with a suitcase when the robbers struck.

Three of the men pushed Lee down while the others grabbed the suitcase. All six later jumped into a waiting van and fled.

Lee suffered minor injuries during the struggle but refused to be sent to hospital.

He told police that the suitcase contained 24 gold bars and 10 million Japanese yen (US$89,618) in cash. The amount of the loot has yet to be confirmed.

Police launched a manhunt and set up roadblocks. They are also checking footage from security cameras. The case has been listed as robbery, according to Ming Pao Daily.

Lee is currently a football coach, commentator and an instructor at the Hong Kong School of Motoring.

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