A fake bomb found in Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui on Tuesday was an alarm clock made to look like an explosive device, police said.
Investigators said it was left there by a mentally ill woman, news website hk01.com reports.
Police launched a manhunt after the suspicious-looking device was discovered outside shop G62 of the shopping mall. It was destroyed by a robot after hundreds of people were evacuated from the area.
A woman in black was caught by a surveillance camera leaving the contraption on the ground before disappearing into the mall.
On Wednesday, police went to the woman’s residence and were told by her mother that she had been hospitalized.
The suspect is 18 years old with a history of drug abuse who has been suffering from a form of mental illness, according to Headline Daily.
Police later found the suspect in a hospital. She was not arrested as she was in no condition to give a statement.
Investigators said the woman stole the bomb-like device from a toy store.
They said there was no link to any terror plot.
The crime unit of Kowloon West Regional Headquarters has taken over the case.
Barrister Albert Luk said the police should ask for a medical report to confirm if the suspect is able to defend herself.
Whether the woman will be charged depends on her motive for placing the device, Luk said, adding the police will seek opinions from the Department of Justice before making a decision.
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