A man holding an axe robbed a convenience store in Tuen Mun. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Google Map

A manhunt is under way for a suspect who held up a 24-hour Hong Kong convenience store with an axe and escaped with HK$8,600 (US$1,100) in Tuen Mun in northern New Territories.

At 2am on Tuesday, the man armed with an axe shouted “robbery” when he entered the convenience store in Shan King public housing estate, Sing Tao Daily reported. He forced two store clerks to open two cash machines and took the money.

The clerks were uninjured and reported the case to police. They described the suspect as being around 40 years old, 1.8 meters tall and he wore a cap, Hong Kong Commercial Daily reported.