KUALA LUMPUR - Two foreign passengers were robbed at knifepoint in a taxi in the latest case of rogue cabbies in the city in recent weeks.
In the incident on Thursday, a police taskforce chased a taxi from Kotaraya and cornered it at the South Integrated Transport Terminal in Bandar Tasek Selatan (BTS) about 23km away, and arrested the driver.
The man, a foreigner in his 40s, had allegedly robbed two Nepal nationals of their mobile phones and RM1,300 behind a shopping mall in the Bukit Bintang area on Oct 13.
"He kicked them out of the cab and sped off once he got all of their valuables," said Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Zainol Samah.
"Following this, we set up a taskforce to track down this taxi driver," he said, adding that while policemen were patrolling near the Kotaraya area at around 11.30pm on Thursday, they spotted the taxi and attempted to stop it.
ACP Zainol said the taxi sped off on Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, heading toward Sungai Besi.
"We managed to stop the cab near the BTS terminal and arrested the driver," he said, adding that the cab was reported stolen in Salak South recently.
Initial police investigations revealed that the suspect would cruise around the city and choose his victims based on their appearance.
ACP Zainol said the suspect's main targets were foreigners.
"We have remanded the suspect to help with investigations," he said, adding that the suspect was arrested for the same offence in Brickfields two years ago.
On Oct 11, police arrested a taxi driver in Jalan Thambipillay and he confessed to robbing passengers in the Brickfields, Cheras and Dang Wangi areas this month.
In another case last week, two students jumped out of a moving taxi in Bukit Bintang after the taxi driver allegedly held the two girls at gunpoint and demanded for their valuables.
The police have urged frequent cab users to book taxis using the MyTeksi app, which connects them to 10,000 taxi drivers who have been vetted and are in constant contact with the police.
Brickfields district police chief Asst Comm Muhammad Azlee Abdullah had advised commuters not to get into a cab alone and that it would be better if they were accompanied by a friend.
They are advised to take note of the cabby's appearance, the licence and identification, the colour of the taxi and the number plate.
Any details would help police solve such crimes.