A 32-year-old Vietnamese man surnamed Nguyen was arrested by police in Tuen Mun in New Territories West on Wednesday on suspicion of having robbed three convenience stores with an axe over the past eight days.
At 3pm, the unemployed man, who could speak both Vietnamese and Cantonese, was identified as a suspect and followed by police officers in San Hui, Sing Tao Daily reported. He attempted to evade custody, but was chased down and subdued by the officers.
The man had illegally entered Hong Kong in 2006, but was deported to Vietnam after he was found guilty of theft, Apple Daily reported. He arrived back in Hong Kong in 2015, this time as an asylum seeker.
Police had been hunting a Cantonese-speaking, 1.7-meter-tall man who had robbed three convenience stores with an one-foot long axe in Tuen Mun, Cheung Sha Wan and Mong Kok and taken away a total of HK$20,000 (US$2,570).
The police are still searching for the money and the axe used in the robberies.