Police hunt for kidnap gang who fled with HK$28 mln ransom

April 29, 2015 11:10
Police put up checkpoints across Hong Kong in search of the suspects, at least two of whom (inset) have been identified. Photos: Apple Daily, Ming Pao

Police launched a citywide hunt for six men who abducted a 29-year-old woman in Sai Kung and released her unharmed after receiving a ransom of HK$28 million (US$3.61 million) from her family.

The gang broke into a mansion on Clear Water Bay Road on Saturday night and fled with the woman and HK$2 million worth of cash and valuables, Ming Pao Daily reported on Wednesday.

They demanded a ransom of HK$40-50 million for the woman's release but later reduced the amount to HK$28 million.

The mansion owner stuffed the cash in 28 bags inside two suitcases and went to Kowloon Peak, also known as Fei Ngor Shan, as instructed by the kidnappers. Members of the gang arrived in a white Honda van and picked up the suitcases around 8 p.m., police said.

The crime unit of the Kowloon East Regional Headquarters launched the search operation after the kidnap victim was released unharmed in Tseung Kwan O and the mansion owner reported the case to the police.

According to initial investigation by the Criminal Intelligence Bureau, the gang members were from the mainland, in their late 20s and spoke Mandarin. The CIB was able to identify at least two of the suspects.

Since Tuesday night, police have set up checkpoints in multiple locations across the city, including the Cross-Harbour Tunnel and the Eastern Harbour Tunnel. Door-to-door searches were also conducted in Kowloon Peak.

Officers taking part in the operation were wearing bulletproof vests and armed with heavy weapons, the report said.

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