Manhunt in Hong Kong as kidnapper vanishes with$3.6 million ransom

BEIJING (TIP): The Hong Kong police has launched an intense manhunt for a man who extracted a ransom of$3.6 million after kidnapping a 29-year old woman. The woman is safe but the kidnapper has vanished after picking up the money from her family.

The kidnapper first broker into her apartment stole some valuables and kidnapped the woman on Saturday, the police said. Her family paid him $3.6 million as ramsom, the highest ransom amount paid in Hong Kong in past decades. She was returned unharmed on Tuesday after the amount was paid.

Hong Kong authorities have publicized description of four men, believed to be the main kidnapped and his accomplices, while asking the public to report if they are seen anywhere. The police has also created roadblocks on major routes leading to Mainland China to prevent them from leaving the city.

Police said the accused men escaped in a white car after receiving the ransom payment.

Kidnapping for ransom, once a major crime, has now reduced sharply as Chinese authorities have cracked down on it.

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