Date
24 November 2017
The four South Asian men were suspected of robbing a local man at Lucky Plaza (pictured) in Shatin on Oct. 9. Police found knives at a suspect's flat in Sham Shui Po. Photos: HKEJ/TVB News
The four South Asian men were suspected of robbing a local man at Lucky Plaza (pictured) in Shatin on Oct. 9. Police found knives at a suspect's flat in Sham Shui Po. Photos: HKEJ/TVB News

Four South Asian men arrested over Shatin ATM heist

Police arrested four South Asian men suspected of robbing a man who was depositing money at an automated teller machine in Shatin last month, hk01.com reports.

The suspects – two Pakistanis, aged 33 and 37, and two Indians, 23 and 27 – were arrested in Sham Shui Po, Yau Ma Tei, Yuen Long and Tin Shui Wai, respectively, on Wednesday.

They were apparently seeking asylum in Hong Kong as they were found holding recognizance forms on the basis of torture claims.

Chief Inspector Jacky Sheung Chun-kit, of the Shatin Police District’s criminal investigation unit, said the robbery took place on Oct. 9, when the victim, a 55-year-old local man, went to an ATM at Lucky Plaza in Sha Tin to deposit 150,000 yuan (US$22,600), part of the 200,000 yuan he had withdrawn earlier from mainland China.

As he was operating the machine, several men suddenly showed up and banged his head against the machine.

The robbers fled the scene with 120,000 yuan after punching and kicking the victim.

Police identified the suspects through footage from security cameras and launched a manhunt.

After days of investigation, the police took action on Wednesday and made the arrests.

Police found five knives during a search of one suspect’s flat in Sham Shui Po while another suspect’s flat in Tin Shui Wai yielded over HK$10,000 in cash, but no sign of renminbi.

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