Hong Kong police have arrested a man on Lamma Island who they suspect of murdering a taxi driver.

It comes after a taxi driver was stabbed in Sai Ying Pun at around 5 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

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The 48-year-old driver was certified dead upon arrival at hospital. A knife was seized from the scene.

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The suspect – described by the force as “very violent” – was apprehended on Wednesday evening following a city-wide manhunt.

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Dozens of police officers with anti-riot gear at the Lamma police post. Photo: Tom Grundy/HKFP.

He was arrested outside Man Loon store on the Lamma Island Family Walk before being marched through Yung Shue Wan Main Street onto a police boat.

Police escorted the apprehended suspect, in chains, towards the Lamma Island cargo pier.
Police escorted the apprehended suspect, in chains, towards the Lamma Island cargo pier. Photo: Tom Grundy/HKFP.

The man was wearing a red t-shirt and had been cuffed and hooded by police.

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Lamma residents cheered the dozen-odd officers, and jeered at the suspect, as they passed bars and restaurants.

“The suspect was believed to be an extremely dangerous person with suspected [violent] tendency,” a police statement said.

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Hong Kong Island Regional Crime Unit Chief Inspector Tse Tsz-kwan told reporters that the 31-year-old man was arrested at 8:36pm after police responded to the call.

“When the suspect was arrested, he did not possess any weapons, nor did he have any visible injuries, Tse said. “But a black garbage bag was found near him. In it was a black stab-resistant vest and a nine-centimetre-long folding knife,” he added, according to RTHK.

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Tom is the editor-in-chief and founder of Hong Kong Free Press. He has a BA in Communications and New Media from Leeds University and an MA in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong. He has contributed to the BBC, Euronews, Al-Jazeera and others.