A knife-wielding man chasing a masked debt collector through a Hong Kong public housing estate only stopped when a police officer pointed a gun at him, the force said on Tuesday.
According to police, the debt collector poured red paint in the doorway of the flat in Sau Ching House, in the Sau Mau Ping Estate, in Kwun Tong, shortly before 8.30pm on Monday, when the 56-year-old man and his wife were having dinner.
The incident is believed to be related to a HK$30,000 debt that the man’s stepdaughter owed, and she was not in at the time, a source said.
Police said the wooden door to the flat was open and the wife was splashed with paint, causing the debt collector to flee.
According to police, he was dressed in black, and wearing a face mask and cap. The debt collector is believed to be a local man in his 20s.
The male tenant called police, then picked up a 25cm-long meat cleaver, ran out of the flat and gave chase.
Officers in a patrol car found him holding the knife outside Sau Wai House in the same estate.
“After repeated warnings were ignored, a police sergeant drew his revolver,” a police source said. “The man eventually put down his knife and was arrested.”
Police arrested him on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon. No one was injured in the incident.
As of 12pm on Tuesday, the man was still being held for questioning. He had not been charged.
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