A 22-year-old man has been arrested after he brandished an air gun during an argument with a rail worker at an MTR station on Wednesday and later whipped out the same object while visiting a bank.
According to Apple Daily, the first incident took place at round 8.30 am, when the young man asked an MTR staffer at Sha Tin station to take him to the nearby Citylink Plaza after asking for directions to the place.
As the railway employee refused the request, the youth allegedly flew into a rage and threatened to file a complaint.
During the heated argument, the man suddenly took a gun out of the briefcase he carried and apparently pointed it at the MTR worker.
Railway staff then calmed things down and managed talk the young man — who is said to be unemployed — into putting the gun back into his suitcase and leave the station before the police were called in.
Several armed police officers arrived at the scene but could not find any trace of the gun-bearing young man, who was said to have posted on his Instagram account, at about 9 am, that MTR was trash and that its service quality was unacceptable.
Then at 10:30 am, the man showed up at an HSBC branch in Tuen Mun and asked to open an account, saying that he needs to deposit large sums of money.
When submitting the application documents inside an individual conference room, the youth took out of a briefcase what was believed to be a gun and put it on a desk.
The bank staff then asked him to wait and left the cabin on the pretext of having to go and apprise a supervisor in relation to the new-account opening.
And then they called the police, who rushed to the bank and arrested the young man on the spot for possessing a firearm, which was later confirmed to be an air gun.
He was later identified as the same person who intimidated the MTR employee earlier in the day.
Police investigation revealed that the young man, who bears the surname Lam, lives in Sheung Shui with his family.
Lam is said to have been a construction worker after he graduated from a secondary school two years ago. But he was sacked several months ago, and has shown symptoms of mental disorder since then, the Apple Daily report suggests.
However, the police said there is no medical record showing that he is mentally ill.
According to Cheung Po-yuet, chief inspector of the police’s Tuen Mun crime unit, Lam did not resist, and acted normal, when he was arrested.
Police are trying to look into the case from the perspective of his mental condition and family background, ruling out the possibility that he tried to rob the bank.
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