Caught Red-Footed: Man who allegedly bungled burglary arrested after police follow trail of blood

(Left) a mainland man was arrested police followed a trail of blood from his foot to a public toilet (right). screengrabs via Apple Daily video.
(Left) a mainland man was arrested police followed a trail of blood from his foot to a public toilet (right). screengrabs via Apple Daily video.

Police arrested a man suspected of bungling a burglary at a house in Repulse Bay in the early hours of Monday morning by following a trail of blood left by a cut on his foot.

A police spokesperson confirmed to Coconuts HK this morning that the suspect — a 22-year-old man surnamed Zhu — appeared at Eastern Magistrates Court this morning, and is currently being held on a “holding charge” of attempted burglary. (A holding charge is a relatively minor charge issued so a suspect can be detained while more serious charges are being prepared or investigated.)

Zhu was arrested around 2am on suspicion of trying to break into a luxury semi-detached house on South Bay Road. He was allegedly caught carrying a backpack containing a hammer, pliers, gloves, and a two-way permit from the mainland.

Apple Daily reports that Zhu had removed his shoes so that his footsteps wouldn’t be heard, also putting them inside his backpack.

Zhu allegedly attempted to enter the house by climbing onto the first-floor canopy of the four-storey house in order to open a window. As he attempted to prise the window open, however, he triggered the burglar alarm and fled the scene empty-handed, leaving behind his backpack, shoes, and his entry permit.

Officers arrived at the scene after receiving a call from the homeowner, and Zhu’s backpack was found next to the window.

Police also spotted a set of footprints on the nearby beach, shortly followed by a trail of blood. They followed this trail to Zhu, who was found outside a public toilet about 400 meters from the house — by a statue of Kwun Yum, the Goddess of Mercy, fittingly — attempting to bandage his feet with toilet paper after cutting them on some seashells.

Zhu was sent to Ruttonjee Hospital in Wan Chai for treatment (hopefully including a tetanus shot after traipsing through that bathroom) and was detained on suspicion of attempted burglary.

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