A knife-wielding man was arrested on Thursday night after robbing HK$59,000 from a money exchange at Terminal 2 of Hong Kong’s airport.

Cheang Mei-yiu speaking about the robbery. Photo: TVB screencap via Stand News.

Airport District Crime Chief Inspector of Police Cheang Mei-yiu said that the 44-year-old man held a foreign passport and had in his possession a knife measuring around 30cm. Local media reported that the suspect held Russian citizenship.

Dramatic stand-off 

The man forced an employee at the store to open the drawer, said Cheang. He then made off with the cash, after which the employee triggered the security alarm, alerting the police.

The man then ran towards the airport’s taxi rank, where he was subdued by special officers from the Airport Security Unit. Cheang said that the special forces, who were armed with guns, caught up with the suspect within five minutes.

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She also said that the police were able to recover all of the stolen cash.

Several passers-by filmed the arrest, in which the police shouted “get down” in Cantonese during a tense stand-off.

“In the [bag], we also found a black cap, a pair of black gloves, and a mask,” Cheang said, adding that there was reason to believe that the robbery was planned.

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The employee at the store suffered minor injuries to her right knee and was taken to the hospital. There was a CCTV recording of the incident, Cheang also said.

The police told HKFP that there were no further updates as of Friday morning.

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Chantal Yuen

Chantal Yuen is a Hong Kong journalist interested in issues dealing with religion and immigration. She majored in German and minored in Middle Eastern studies at Princeton University.