Date
18 December 2017
Police are investigating claims by a businessman that he was attacked by three Putonghua-speaking people as he was walking along a road in Central on Sunday. Photo credit: Google Maps
Police are investigating claims by a businessman that he was attacked by three Putonghua-speaking people as he was walking along a road in Central on Sunday. Photo credit: Google Maps

Man claims gang of three attacked him with chemical-soaked rag

A 35-year-old man has claimed that a gang of three attacked him with a chemical-soaked rag as he was walking toward a money exchange shop in Hong Kong’s Central business district on Sunday.

The man, surnamed Ngan, informed the police that the shocking incident took place at around 6 pm on Des Voeux Road Central, news website hk01.com reports.

According to the report, Ngan, who identified himself as a businessman, was going to a money changer to exchange HK$8,000 into another currency when he ran into a group of three people.

The strangers — two men and one woman — came directly at him while speaking among themselves in Putonghua. 

When they reached Ngan, the woman pushed him on his shoulders, forcing him to turn sideways. Ngan then found himself surrounded by the two men.

The woman shouted something in Putonghua which Ngan said he could not understand. The lady then pulled out a white cloth and started waving in front of Ngan. This was when Ngan felt he was hit by a highly acidic and stinky smell.

The businessman sensed that he was in some danger and that he must get away as soon as possible.

He quickly walked off from the three people and headed toward the direction of Admiralty. Upon reaching an MTR exit near Douglas Street, Ngan felt dizzy.

He sought help from a Food and Environmental Hygiene Department official and managed to alert the police.

According to Ngan, the female member of the gang was wearing a white long-sleeved shirt and black trousers at the time of the attack.

All the three appeared to be mainlanders, he said.

The police conducted a search operation in the area following Ngan’s complaint. However, officers couldn’t find anyone matching the description of the three suspects.

Ngan, meanwhile, was taken to a hospital for medical examination.

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