Yuen Long in the New Territories where some of the raids were carried out. Photo: Google Maps

Hong Kong police arrested an Indian asylum seeker and were hunting for another man suspected in a robbery that took place in broad daylight in Yuen Long, New Territories, on Wednesday.

At around noon, a 42-year-old mainland Chinese man took 60,000 yuan (US$9,555) to a currency-exchange shop on Hong Lok Road in Yuen Long, Sing Tao Daily reported. He changed the money into Hong Kong dollars and put the cash in his backpack.

As he walked past a bank about 150 meters from the currency-exchange shop, he was waylaid by two men. He was punched and his head was hit by a hard object.

He held the backpack tightly and screamed for help.

A few passers-by and staff from nearby businesses saw the attack and stopped it. The two suspects ran, but only one managed to get away. One of them, a 20-year-old Indian asylum seeker, was subdued by two off-duty police officers. He was arrested on suspicion of assault with intent to rob, Oriental Daily reported.

The victim, his head bleeding, was sent to hospital. He didn’t lose any of his money, however.

Yuen Long police are investigating surveillance video and hunting for another suspect, described as a South Asian man aged between 20 and 30, 180 centimeters tall, who was wearing a red shirt, face mask and cap during the incident.

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