Man arrested over death of taxi driver: police

Police on Thursday said they arrested a man over the death of a taxi driver in Sai Ying Pun, a day after they initiated a manhunt for the killer.

Hong Kong Island Regional Crime Unit Chief Inspector, Tse Tsz-kwan, said officers went to Lamma Island after conducting investigations.

Tse added a resident also reported that the suspect had been seen near a store in Yung Shue Wan. The 31-year-old man was arrested on the island at 8.36pm on Wednesday.

“When the suspect was arrested, he did not possess any weapons, nor did he have any visible injuries. But a black garbage bag was found near him. In it was a black stab-resistant vest and a nine-centimetre-long folding knife,” Tse told reporters at a media stand-up.

“We do not rule out that these items have anything to do with the arrested person. Our initial investigations have revealed that the suspect committed the crime alone and that he didn’t know the victim, so we are still looking into the crime’s motivation.”

Tse also said police are not excluding any possibilities, including whether if the suspect had any mental health issues.

Police started the manhunt after the driver was attacked and wounded in the neck, when his vehicle arrived at the intersection of Eastern Street and Queen’s Road West early Tuesday morning.

The 48-year-old driver died after he was rushed to hospital.

Officers had seized a chopper, which they believe was used in the attack.
Last updated: 2021-10-14 HKT 04:40