A bank robbery occurred in Mong Kok, Hong Kong on Thursday. The police arrested a 73-year-old Singaporean man that was involved in the case and recovered some of the stolen money and the clothes the suspect was wearing during the crime. The suspected firearms were confirmed to be toy guns.
According to the bank’s CCTV footage, the robber walked to one of the counters, handed a white note to the female clerk that read “robbery, I have a gun, give me all the money”, and then pulled out a pistol, holding both hands aimed at the female staff.
After a while, the robber handed the female staff a black bag and ordered the other staff to put the cash in the bag. During the incident, a woman next to her seemed unaware of the robbery.
The man managed to make off with S$2,429 (HK$14,000).
The man was wearing a blue and black trench coat, black trousers and dark sneakers, a black mask, a black peaked cap, and black sunglasses at the time of the crime.
After the incident, the man was seen fleeing along Nathan Road to Tsim Sha Tsui and boarded a bus bound for Ma On Shan. Police immediately set up roadblocks on major arterial roads in Kowloon to arrest the man.
According to reports, the arrested man is a 73-year-old Singaporean who has overstayed for more than 10 years and is unemployed. He was arrested on suspicion of “robbery” and “overstaying”. Detectives from the serious crime team took him back to the police station for overnight detention and investigation. He will be charged with related crimes on Friday.
As for the motive for the crime, the police said that the suspect lived in a village house in Yuangang Village with his foreign wife holding a Hong Kong ID card. His wife had also retired. The amount of debt owed by the suspect involved hundreds of thousands of Hong Kong dollars.