Police arrested an unemployed man on suspicion that he was behind at least three recent needle-planting incidents on buses operated by Kowloon Motor Bus Co. (KMB), the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
The suspect, 30, was arrested at around 11 p.m. on Wednesday inside his flat at Cheung Fat Estate, a public rental housing estate in Tsing Yi, after investigators spent days going through videos from security cameras installed on KMB buses.
Seven sewing needles were seized from the flat, including four of the same length as those found sticking out of the seats of three double-decker buses on Wednesday and Thursday last week.
Three passengers were injured in those incidents, which happened aboard KMB buses plying the 41A, 48X and 81 routes, RTHK reported.
During interrogation, the man said he planted the needles because he was not happy with the KMB’s services, according to police.
He said he had been a victim of a KMB bus skipping the bus stop, and he decided to get back at the bus operator by planting needles on the bus seats.
However, more than three incidents of the kind were reported over the past week, prompting investigators to believe that there might be other culprits. Police did not rule out further arrests.
Anyone found guilty of intentionally causing others to be seriously injured or permanently disabled could be jailed for life, police warned.
A total of 10 needle-planting incidents involving KMB buses have been reported to the police since the first one took place on Wednesday last week.
The latest one was reported at Lam Tin Station Public Transport Interchange on Thursday night by a man, who said a needle was stuck in his pants after he got off a 298E KMB bus he took in the morning.
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