The footbridge near Exit B of the Kowloon Bay MTR station. Photo: Google Maps

The police have launched a manhunt for a male suspect who is alleged to have raped a 22-year-old woman under a footbridge in the Kowloon Bay area of Hong Kong during the early hours of Sunday.

At 12:30am, the victim – a student studying for a higher diploma – was on her way home, alone, after finishing up her part-time job, when she was followed by a man, aged around 30, according to a report in the Apple Daily.

It is alleged that he first grabbed the woman’s iPhone 6s and wallet at the footbridge near Exit B of the Kowloon Bay MTR station, then fled. However the victim chased after the thief as far as the footbridge on Kwun Tong Road, where he ambushed her and told her not to shout for help as he was armed with a knife.

The woman alleges she was then abducted under the footbridge after the perpetrator tied her hands with a USB cable, and raped over the course of four hours. Before leaving the scene, the woman says that the man tried to destroy evidence of the assault, according to Wen Wei Po. The woman managed to untie herself an hour later and call the police. The Kowloon East regional crime unit is following up the case.

The police have appealed to the public for information on the rape suspect, who they say is about 30 years old, 1.67 meters tall and of medium build. He has short black hair and was last seen wearing black-framed glasses, a dark top and trousers. Anyone who has information is urged to contact the police on 3661 6239 or 3661 6334.

Update: Rape, robbery suspect found dead in police custody

Update: Kowloon Bay robbery, rape suspect arrested

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