Man arrested after beating woman with flashlight in brutal early morning attack (video)

Screengrab via Apple daily video and YouTube.
Screengrab via Apple daily video and YouTube.

Police have arrested a 51-year-old man after he allegedly attacked a woman outside an elevator before striking her on the head with a flashlight in the early hours of Monday morning.

The 26-year-old woman surnamed Shum was taken hospital with injuries to her arms and head after the suspect, surnamed Tam, attacked her in a housing estate in Kwai Chung just after midnight.

The suspect, who was reportedly drunk at the time, was arrested on suspicion of wounding and sent to Kwai Chung police station.

Shum had a two-centimeter cut on her head that required three stitches and had to go for scans and an X-ray, and cannot work for two to three days, on.cc reported.

Speaking to the website, she said she was heading home from work with a female friend that evening. The pair went to a convenience store to buy some snacks, and were waiting in the lift lobby of the Kwai Chung Estate just after midnight.

She told the website that she and her friend were taking photographs when a middle-aged man approached them and asked them why they didn’t press the lift button.

Shum said that she and her friend weren’t waiting for the lift and were standing nowhere near the elevator doors, so they at first ignored him.

But then, after noticing the smell of alcohol on the man, she said she made it clear that, should he approach too closely, she would scream “assault”.

But despite the attempts to ward him off, the man got increasingly agitated and then pounced.

Video of the altercation — which was filmed by Shum’s friend and published by on.cc — shows a man grabbing Shum’s arm and t-shirt and pushing her against the wall and the door.

In the video, a few men can be seen breaking up the fight, and Shum tells everyone she will call the police, and she and her friend stand outside to wait for officers.

Around three minutes later, the man appears with a torch and strikes Shum on the head. Shum told on.cc that the man struck her on her head around 10 times but she managed to escape, and emergency services arrived shortly afterwards to take her to the hospital and arrest the suspect.

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CITY: HONG KONGCATEGORY: NEWSSUB-CATEGORIES: CRIME, VIRAL

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