A 7-11 convenience store in Mong Kok was robbed by an axe-wielding man in the early hours of Tuesday – the third such robbery in just a week. Police suspect the same person is behind the incidents, though no arrests have been made.

At around 3am on Tuesday, a man entered a 7-11 store on Boundary Street in Mong Kok wielding an axe. Police told HKFP that two shopkeepers, aged 28 and 43, handed over HK$5,800 worth of cash to the man. No injuries were reported.

Police investigated the convenience store in Mong Kok. Photo: Apple Daily.

The suspect spoke Cantonese to the shopkeepers. He wore a black jacket, a pair of black pants and a black cap, and carried a black messenger bag.

A similar incident took place in Cheung Sha Wan at around 2am on Sunday. A 7-11 store in Po Hei Court Commercial Centre was robbed by an axe-wielding man, who made off with HK$5,800 in cash. The two shopkeepers present were left uninjured.

A video widely circulated on social media and believed to be captured by a security camera at the store showed the suspect yelling at the staffers in Cantonese: “Give me all the cash. Quick!”

A third incident took place in Tuen Mun last Tuesday. At around 2:30am, a man threatened two shopkeepers at the 7-11 store in Shan King Estate with an axe of about 30 centimetre long. He took away HK$8,600 worth of cash before running away. No one was injured.

The physical features of the suspect in both the Tuen Mun and Mong Kok cases were similar: the suspect appeared to be in his 30s, slender and around 1.7 metres tall.

In the Cheung Sha Wan incident, the suspect was described as being in his 40s, with a medium build, and around 1.8 metres tall.

Police told HKFP that three criminal investigation teams in the Mong Kok, Cheung Sha Wan and Tuen Mun districts are following up on the cases.


Ellie Ng

Ellie Ng has written for Foreign Policy, the Daily Telegraph, Global Voices Online and others.