CCTV footage leads to arrest of three in Mong Kok over alleged toy gun incident linked to gang dispute


19th April 2024 – (Hong Kong) Hong Kong’s newly installed surveillance system in Mong Kok has proven instrumental in resolving what could have escalated into a violent confrontation. Police detained three individuals after CCTV footage helped track them down following a reported altercation involving what appeared to be a handgun.

The incident unfolded on the afternoon of 18th April at the intersection of Argyle Street and Tung Choi Street in Mong Kok, a bustling area known for its busy streets and vibrant market life. According to police reports, at around 5pm, a man was seen brandishing what looked like a firearm. The suspect, along with a male and female accomplice, was later identified through the high-definition cameras of the CCTV system, which had been recently installed as part of a city-wide initiative to curb crime.

Eyewitnesses and subsequent investigations revealed a backstory marred by debt and suspected gang affiliations. The main suspect, a 37-year-old man of Chinese nationality, was known to the complainant, with whom he had a history of financial dispute. The confrontation escalated when the suspect, along with his accomplices, arrived at the scene in a taxi and encountered the complainant and four others. During the ensuing chase, the man allegedly presented the gun-like object three times.

The police used the CCTV recordings to track the trio’s movements and appearance. By the following day, all three suspects were in custody, facing charges related to the possession of an imitation firearm. The items recovered from the suspects included the suspected toy gun and clothing worn during the incident.