Police arrested a knife-wielding man, 35, for allegedly assaulting two men at an MTR station after one of them incurred his ire for bumping into him.
The incident took place on one of the platforms of Admiralty station at about 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday.
One of the alleged victims, surnamed Ng, was about to transfer to a train going to Tsim Sha Tsui, where he works.
Ng, who was about to get off a train, bumped into the suspect, surnamed So, who was trying to get in, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported.
So shouted at Ng and demanded that he say sorry, but was ignored. Irked, he struck Ng with his fist.
Ng told Apple Daily that the suspect was very agitated and repeatedly asked him for an apology, adding that he did not fight back when he was hit as he suspected So was mentally ill.
Another passenger, surnamed Tam, saw the situation and tried to stop So. But So suddenly pulled out a Swiss army knife and waved it at him, leaving him slightly injured.
By the time police arrived at the scene, So had got on the train and left, while Ng and Tam were both sent to hospital for treatment.
Based on information provided by MTR staff, police later arrested So at the Kennedy Town Station.
So was taken to the police station for alleged assault, while Tam was also listed as a suspect for fighting in a public place.
Tam said he did not regret offering help and believed the police would find him innocent.
Barrister Albert Luk Wai-hung told Apple Daily that it is wiser for people to call the police rather than get involved when they see a fight in progress.
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