A daring kidnapping case in broad daylight saw four people violently beating and abducting a woman onto a vehicle in front of officers of the Correctional Services Department right outside Stanley Prison Saturday morning. The woman was later rescued as police arrested three men and a woman.
The incident occurred at 10.23am this morning when the woman was leaving the prison and walking to the minibus stop. That was when three men suddenly approached and assaulted the woman before they abducted her onboard a blue minivan.
The woman’s friends and relatives attempted to stop the attackers but in vain, while the woman continuously cried for help. Her crying also alerted two CSD officers to intervene but one of the attackers pushed the officer away, according to footage widely circulated online. The footage also showed the officer tried to pull the attacker out of the car but failed.
The woman’s friends and relatives recorded footage that captured the assault and the license plate and reported to police.
Although the attackers swiftly fled the scene, their van was intercepted by police opposite the Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott Hotel about 10 km away. Police then arrested the four onboard the vehicle, including a 37-year-old man surnamed Lau, a 30-year-old man surnamed Tai, a 17-year-old boy surnamed So and a 16-year-old girl surnamed Yu.
The four were arrested on suspicion of illegal detention and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
The woman sustained injuries to her forehead and feet, and was sent to Ruttonjee Hospital.
According to sources, the woman left the prison after visiting her husband who was jailed for dangerous driving.
It was understood that she was recently involved in a financial dispute where she owed creditors about HK$500,000.
Police are still investigating if the arrestees are members of a triad society and the case is now handled by the Western district anti-triad unit.
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