A Hong Kong woman was assaulted in a terrifying encounter with an intruder in the early hours of Friday after she woke to find the man sitting on top of her in her bedroom, according to police.
The 36-year-old woman was punched repeatedly as she put up a fierce struggle with the man in her 15th-floor flat at Heng On Estate in Ma On Shan just before 1.30am. The assault only ended when the victim stopped struggling and yelling for help, a police source said.
According to the source, the man fled empty-handed from the public housing flat after briefly ransacking the living room. The force confirmed no valuables or cash were stolen.
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Officers from the Emergency Unit searched the area for the intruder after receiving a report from the woman, but were unable to find him.
Police described the man as being of medium build with short hair. He was wearing a surgical mask, a dark-coloured T-shirt and blue shorts at the time of the assault.
The woman suffered minor injuries to her neck, mouth and left shoulder, and was taken to Prince of Wales Hospital in Sha Tin for treatment.
At the time of the break-in, the flat’s wooden front door was half-open, but its security gate was locked with a padlock, which the suspect was believed to have prised open, according to the source.
The victim, he added, was very emotional following the attack, and was unfit for an interview.
Detectives from the Sha Tin criminal investigation unit have pored over security camera footage to gather evidence.
In 2020, police handled 2,095 reports of burglary across the city, down 12.5 per cent from 2,394 in 2019, which saw 52 per cent more break-ins than the year before.
The number of break-ins is said to have dropped last year after some 6,000 officers who had been deployed to handle 2019’s anti-government protests returned to their normal duties.
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