A man failed to rob a money exchange shop in Yau Ma Tei on Wednesday. Photo: Google Map

A man who failed to rob a currency exchange shop in Yau Ma Tei in central Kowloon, Hong Kong, on Wednesday jumped to his death from his home in Wong Tai Sin on Thursday morning.

The man leapt from the window of an apartment in Pak Yuen House in Chuk Yuen Estate when police came to his home to investigate the robbery case, an RTHK report said. The man’s body was found on the ground floor.

He was living with his mother, younger brother, sister-in-law and a baby.

A gun and a wallet were found in the apartment. The man was a suspect in the Yau Ma Tei robbery, RTHK said, quoting a police officer.

At 10:30am on Wednesday, a masked man aged around 30 handed a note with the words “armed robbery” to a woman working at a Western Union money exchange store at No 240-252 Nathan Road. He threatened her by showing what looked like a gun and loaded it.

The woman refused to give him any money and pressed the alarm while she distracting him, video footage from closed-circuit television showed. The man then left empty-handed.

The video has since gone viral after local media reported the case.