Police have arrested a 17-year-old girl suspected of being one of two assailants filmed relentlessly kicking and slapping another young woman in a now-viral video.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday evening, Inspector Shing Wai-yan from the Tuen Mun police district’s anti-triad unit confirmed that the girl, who is unemployed, was arrested in Tuen Mun at 8pm on suspicion of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Based on initial investigations, Shing says they believe the incident was filmed in the podium-level car park of a public housing estate in Tuen Mun around Lunar New Year.
He wasn’t able to disclose how the young women in the video know each other because the investigation is ongoing, adding that they’re looking for at least two more people, and won’t rule out further arrests.
Meanwhile, Ming Pao reports that the arrested suspect is the woman referred to by the nickname “Beef Ball” by the person who filmed the minutes-long assault, which took place before a crowd of onlookers who did nothing to stop the violence.
Shing added that an initial investigation found that none of the persons involved have a triad background, and no drugs are believed to be involved, despite the other assailant accusing the victim of blowing a loan on drugs.
Shing also confirmed that officers have contacted the victim, who said she didn’t seek medical assistance after the incident. Police will arrange for her to be examined and questioned, and say she hadn’t sustained any serious injuries in the assault.