Police looking for man who splashed red paint on restaurant before smashing its door

The exterior of Tai Yau, the restaurant that was caught up in a five second flash attack that saw a man throw paint and a hammer at its door. Screenshot via Google Maps.
The exterior of Tai Yau, the restaurant that was caught up in a five second flash attack that saw a man throw paint and a hammer at its door. Screenshot via Google Maps.

Police are on the hunt for a masked man who splashed red paint across the glass doors of a Tai Kok Tsui restaurant before smashing one of them with a hammer yesterday afternoon.

CCTV footage from inside Tai Yau Canteen posted by on.cc last night shows terrified diners at the restaurant scramble away from the doors at the sound of the attack.

Police arrived at the scene around 1pm after receiving a call from one of the diners. One person was injured, and was treated at the scene by an ambulance.

The Tai Yau Canteen, part of a chain cha chaan teng restaurants, is attached to the Metro Harbour View private housing estate.

The incident is being treated as criminal damage case, and was handed over to the Mong Kok police district’s criminal investigation team.

Splashing red paint onto a shopfront is a common intimidation tactic used by triad gangs as a “warning.” However, the restaurant’s manager, surnamed So, told on.cc it was possible that the person behind the attack was a disgruntled former employee.

So said he just took over running the restaurant on Monday, and had been told that before he took over, someone who worked at the restaurant had argued with customers and kitchen staff.

He told the outlet that the restaurant may have to close for a few days so that they can repair the door, which will set them back at least HK$10,000 (US$1,270).

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