Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island. Photos: Google Maps, iStock
Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island. Photos: Google Maps, iStock

A 26-year-old woman reported to Hong Kong police that she had been robbed and assaulted by a taxi driver who overcharged her and she refused to pay early on Sunday.

At 2am, the alleged victim, a foreign national who holds a Hong Kong identity card, took a taxi on Hollywood Road in Central to her apartment at The Avenue on Queen’s Road East in Wan Chai on Hong Kong Island, Oriental Daily reported.

The taxi driver charged HK$500 (US$64) for the journey, 10 times the normal fare, which should have been around HK$40.

The woman refused to pay.

The taxi driver then took her somewhere near a hill, punched her, and snatched HK$200 in cash from her wallet before driving away, she told police.

After making her way to her apartment, the woman called the police. As she had an injury to her left eye, she was sent to hospital to have it treated, HK01.com reported.

The case was classified as theft and is being followed up by officers of the crime unit of Wan Chai Police Station. Police are hunting a man aged between 30 and 40.

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