A man accused of physically assaulting four women in Sham Shui Po is being sought by police. No arrests have yet been made.
At least three victims were punched, or hit with hard objects. All suffered facial injuries during the attacks which took place on Friday. As the incidents happened in a short space of time, they are thought to be linked and are being investigated together, according to Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok.
The most serious case happened late at night, when a 22-year-old woman suffered a broken nose – she later required surgery.
The police were criticised for not releasing information related to the cases in a timely manner. They announced they were conducting a manhunt only on Monday evening.
The police told RTHK that, when there are cases involving the public interest, it will release information to the media as fast as possible under relevant rules and laws.
Citizens have expressed worry to local media and said that they would avoid returning late at night.
The police are seeking a 1.7 metre tall man with a slim build who is around forty years old with short black hair. He was last seen wearing dark clothing.