After an escalator malfunctioned and reversed its course at high speed, sending shoppers sprawling into a mall concourse, two engineers called in to investigate were themselves arrested and charged with tampering with evidence.
Why were the men arrested?
Officials had called in the two technicians, who work for Otis Elevator Company, to assist in investigations hours after the incident.
The escalator had been shut down and all personnel involved in the investigation were ordered not to touch it.
Late on Sunday night however, officials discovered that the escalator’s auxiliary braking system had been reactivated, reported local media. Newspaper Apple Daily said the reactivation could have affected the escalator’s computer data records.
Officials ordered police to arrest the two men on the spot.
It’s important that we realize there’s nothing remotely funny about that video of screaming humans piling up at the foot of a haywire escalator.