Date
18 October 2017
The robbery took place at Fanling Town Centre when two masked men snatched a backpack containing US$3 million in cash from a man believed to be a courier for a money changer. Photo: Google Maps
The robbery took place at Fanling Town Centre when two masked men snatched a backpack containing US$3 million in cash from a man believed to be a courier for a money changer. Photo: Google Maps

Teen arrested for trying to rob man of US$3 mln in cash

Police are looking for two men who tried to rob a man carrying a backpack containing US$3 million in cash at Fanling Town Centre.

The victim chased one of the suspects, 16, who had grabbed his backpack, and caught up with him. He held the teen to the floor with the help of passers-by, Apple Daily reports.

The victim did not wait for the police to arrive and left with his backpack. Sources said the man could be working for a money changer.

The robbery took place at 7 a.m. on Monday outside an underground car park. The suspects waylaid the victim, snatched his backpack and fled in separate directions.

The victim took off after them. Five passers-by joined the chase and helped pin down the younger suspect.

The teen’s mother arrived at the scene and brought him to hospital for treatment. The boy, believed to have a triad background, is out of school and jobless. He was later arrested.

The two had agreed to rob the victim for a reward of HK$1 million, which was to be split between them.

Some sources said the victim might have been illegally transporting money from China and got ambushed after his itinerary was exposed.

The Tai Po District crime squad is investigating the case, which could be a conflict between different triad gangs.

The other suspect is estimated to be 15 to 20 years old and about 170 cm. tall.

Senior barrister Albert Luk Wai-hung said there is little evidence available since the victim had disappeared, according to hk01.com.

If the victim does not come forward, it could be difficult for the prosecution to make a case.

In December, a man with a two-way permit was ambushed on a Sheung Shui footbridge by Southeast Asian men who attacked him with a knife and robbed him of foreign exchange estimated to be worth HK$4 million.

In late August, a man was robbed of HK$1.1 million cash intended for the purchase of mooncake vouchers outside a mall in Sheung Shui.

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