73-year-old Singaporean charged after allegedly robbing Hong Kong bank with toy gun

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SINGAPORE: A 73-year-old Singaporean man was charged in Hong Kong on Saturday April 16 with allegedly robbing a bank in Kowloon’s Mong Kok district, fleeing with HK$14,000 (S$2,400) in cash.

Hong Kong police say the suspect used a toy gun during the robbery, which took place on Thursday at Nathan Road.

He was arrested seven hours after the incident, police said in a Facebook post.

The Standard newspaper identified the bank as a branch of China Construction Bank.

He quoted West Kowloon Crime Unit Superintendent Alan Chung said that the man handed a note to a bank teller saying he was robbing, before threatening her with the gun.

He then gave her a black bag and told her to put the money inside, the report said. Chung said the bank employee tried to chase him after the suspect got out, but he ran across the street and got on a bus.

Chung reportedly said police set up roadblocks to search for the suspect on buses and at bus stations.

Hong Kong police said they later found some of the cash and clothes the suspect was carrying at his home.

The man is said to have spent more than 10 years in the city. Police said it was linked to another robbery at a pharmacy in Mong Kok in July 2020. A lighter was allegedly used in that incident.

He is due in court on April 21.

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