Hundreds of armed police swarmed Hong Kong’s Ma On Shan County Park yesterday in the latest effort to track down six men who reportedly fled with 28 million HKD ransom after abducting the granddaughter of late Bossini founder Law Ting-pong.
The gang broke into the home of the 29-year-old Hong Kong woman on Saturday and took off with 2 million HKD in cash and goods as well as the victim herself. The victim was released on Tuesday, unhurt, after her family paid the kidnappers the 28 million HKD they demanded in ransom.
Immediately after receiving the money from her father, the group fled in a vehicle with a fake license plate. Police and intelligence offers lost the suspects near the hilltop of Kowloon Peak after giving chase.
A city-wide land, air and sea operation has been underway since Tuesday but no arrests have been made, according to the Straits Times.
Yesterday, police issued pictures of two of the suspects and described all four members of the gang as Mandarin speakers who are believed to be from the mainland.
“Arresting them is just a matter of time,” a police source was quoted as saying in an SCMP report.
This marks the biggest kidnapping case Hong Kong has seen in years, following a series of high-profile abductions in the 1990s. The son of Li Ka Shing, Asia’s richest man, was kidnapped in 1996 by the infamous gangster Cheung Tze Keung, aka “Big Spender”, who’d also kidnapped property tycoon Walter Kwok a year later. Cheung was arrested by mainland authorities after crossing over to China and was executed by shooting in 1998.