A 26-year-old Filipino was arrested by police for alleged criminal damage after a video went viral on social media showing a man running in front of a car – in a possible scam for cash – in Wan Chai on Hong Kong Island.

The 29-second-video shows the man, in a black T-shirt, waiting at the intersection of Lockhart and Luard roads in Wan Chai at 9am on September 22. When a car turns left into Luard Road, the man suddenly runs in front of the car.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tF53aNTkH7U

The driver managed to stop and avoid hitting the man, who responded by hitting the car bonnet and giving a middle finger to the driver, in a pretense to suggest he had been endangered while using a pedestrian crossing.

But the stunt was captured by a camera on the car dashboard.

The video went rival on social media before police started to investigate the incident.

Police later identified the man – suspected to have been involved in another criminal damage case in Wan Chai earlier, when a rubbish bin and a gas cylinder were thrown at motorcycles and bicycles on a road.

The man was arrested but later released on bail pending further inquiries.