Suspected drug trafficker escapes from Hong Kong police after putting knife to his own throat

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A suspected drug trafficker put a knife to his own throat before escaping when Hong Kong police officers escorted him back to his flat at around midnight on Monday for a search.

Police hunted for the man, 25, who bolted from his flat in Tat Chui House on Po Tat Estate, Sau Mau Ping in his bare feet after officers found suspected crack cocaine and cannabis worth HK$57,000 in his bedroom.

Officers initially picked him up in Sham Shui Po at around 8pm on Monday after growing suspicious about the taxi he was in. He was arrested for drug trafficking after officers seized three grams of suspected crack cocaine in the vehicle. The taxi driver was not arrested.

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Po Tat Estate in Sau Mau Ping. Photo: Handout
Po Tat Estate in Sau Mau Ping. Photo: Handout

Tso was then taken to his home where a search uncovered another 27 grams of suspected crack cocaine and five grams of suspected cannabis in his bedroom.

An investigator said the suspect asked to use the toilet at around midnight and an officer was put on guard. But Tso, who was not handcuffed, suddenly pushed the officer and left the toilet.

“He then grabbed a knife from the kitchen, placed it on his neck and moved towards the main door,” the insider said. “Then he opened the door and escaped.”

The source said officers gave chase down the stairs but in vain. CCTV footage showed the suspect fled towards the neighbourhood’s Po Tat Shopping Centre in his bare feet.

He was finally caught and rearrested on Tuesday shortly before 10pm, on the staircase of Tat Hei House on the same estate.

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In 2018, a 34-year-old fugitive who had been on the run for three years escaped from police custody after being allowed to visit a hospital washroom without handcuffs.

Mainland Chinese businessman Leon Li Lihua was arrested in November 2018 for absconding from a trial for presenting a fake Hong Kong identity card at the US consulate three years earlier. He complained of feeling unwell and was taken to hospital, where he escaped through the ceiling during a toilet break, sparking a 36-hour manhunt.

Li was originally jailed for 18 months in 2019 after pleading guilty to a host of charges, including using a forged identity card and absconding. The court later reduced the punishment to 12 months after it ruled the sentencing judge had failed to show compassion for Li’s son, who was born with infantile spasms and suffered from a potentially lethal form of epilepsy.

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