Two Pakistanis Held After $15m Hong Kong Hotel-Room Robbery

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HONG KONG, (Nov 22, 2018): Two Pakistanis were arrested yesterday in connection with a HK$15 million armed robbery at a Sha Tin hotel in Hong Kong Wednesday night. Police recovered some HK$150,000 in cash.

They had been hunting for other South Asian men who fled from the hotel with bags full of cash, reported The Standard.

Four people – a currency exchange shop owner, two staff members and a middleman – were robbed after they went to a room at the Regal Riverside Hotel at about 8.20pm on Wednesday. They had hoped to change HK dollars into US dollars at an attractive rate, police said.

Superintendent Leung Kwok-wing of New Territories South Regional Crime Unit said five to six South Asian men pushed the four victims into a room.

Some of them were holding sharp weapons, believed to be knives. The four were told not to move before being taped up.

The robbers left with about HK$15 million cash in a rucksack, a suitcase and a handbag. Leung said the victims were not sure of the exact amount of cash, but it would not be more than HK$15 million.The robbery lasted only two to three minutes.

The victims untied themselves and called police. Leung said the robbers also took mobile phones and watches from the four victims.

He said there were no obvious signs of any struggle in the hotel room.

Police later located the suspected getaway car at the Hoi Fai Road waterfront in Tai Kok Tsui with a GPS tracker in one of the bags. The area is about 11km from the hotel.

Officers recovered three bundles of HK$500 banknotes totaling about HK$150,000 in the glove compartment of a white seven-seater Toyota Estima. The rucksack, suitcase and handbag were not in the vehicle. Leung said the robbers may have discovered the GPS tracker and left it in the car.

Police also found two pairs of work gloves and four bottles of water in a rubbish bin near the vehicle, a black windbreaker and a white cap in bushes nearby.

Fingerprints were collected from the car.Discovery of the car led to the arrest of two men.

The registered owner of the car, a 60-year-old, was arrested in a Tung Chung flat at about 1am.

Another suspect, aged 31, was arrested on the street in Kowloon City at about 4am. They are both of Pakistani origin holding Hong Kong IDs.

Leung said the two suspects would be held for questioning overnight. Police said the suspects do not have any criminal background.

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