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Hong Kong police on Thursday arrested a 42-year-old man for allegedly robbing a Filipina with a knife in Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island.

Following the robbery on Sunday, officers from Wan Chai Police District scoured footage from surveillance cameras in the area and eventually identified a Hong Kong man as a suspect, Oriental Daily reported.

At 5pm on Thursday, police officers intercepted the suspect near his residence in Causeway Bay. It was understood that the suspect tried to escape but failed.

The suspect, said to be unemployed, with a criminal record and a history of using drugs, was taken to a police station for questioning.

A cap, a face mask and a folded knife were found on the suspect but it was understood that it was not the knife that the suspect used during Sunday’s robbery. Officers believe that the suspect is not a member of a gang and that he committed the robbery alone.

At around 1pm on Sunday, a 52-year-old Filipina and her friend, 65, went to an ATM on Tin Lok Lane in Wanchai and withdrew HK$6,000 (US$740). The suspect allegedly robbed her with a knife from behind.

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