Police announced Thursday the arrest of a man suspected of shoving three women onto a road crossing in North Point.
The 38-year-old man, surnamed Wong, was apprehended in Tsing Yi following the Tuesday afternoon assault that left three pedestrians wounded, police said in a press conference.
Police said the victims were waiting for the traffic light on Tsat Tsz Mui Road, near a cluster of offices and restaurants, when the man abruptly lunged at the three women, pushing them toward the crossing. As they fell to the ground, the man turned and fled the scene.
Passersby called the police and the victims were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. One woman had her front tooth knocked out and a finger dislocated, according to police.
“All three of us were so shocked and frightened,” one victim told HK01, adding that it would have turned into a tragedy if cars had passed by.
Police believed the incident was unprovoked, saying there is no evidence showing the victims and suspect had any type of relationship.
Authorities say there are no medical records suggesting the man suffers from mental illness, but that this will be further investigated.
The man was reportedly involved in a similar incident in Jan. 2019, when he is said to have shoved a pedestrian onto a road in Tsim Sha Tsui. The victim did not press charges afterward, according to local media.
“We are aware of the [Tsim Sha Tsui] case,” police said, adding that investigation is needed to see if the suspect is indeed the perpetrator behind both incidents.
Police are investigating the incident as a case of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, of which a person found guilty faces three years behind bars.
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