Wan Chai on Hong Kong Island. Photo: Google Maps

A 26-year-old Filipino was arrested by police for alleged criminal damage after a video went viral on social media showing a man running in front of a car – in a possible scam for cash – in Wan Chai on Hong Kong Island.

The 29-second-video shows the man, in a black T-shirt, waiting at the intersection of Lockhart and Luard roads in Wan Chai at 9am on September 22. When a car turns left into Luard Road, the man suddenly runs in front of the car.

The driver managed to stop and avoid hitting the man, who responded by hitting the car bonnet and giving a middle finger to the driver, in a pretense to suggest he had been endangered while using a pedestrian crossing.

But the stunt was captured by a camera on the car dashboard.

The video went rival on social media before police started to investigate the incident.

Police later identified the man – suspected to have been involved in another criminal damage case in Wan Chai earlier, when a rubbish bin and a gas cylinder were thrown at motorcycles and bicycles on a road.

The man was arrested but later released on bail pending further inquiries.

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