JOHOR BARU - Police say they have identified the prime suspect in the brutal murder of a 44-year old man at the Jalan Sri Pelangi petrol station in Taman Pelangi here last month.
State police chief Comm Datuk Mohd Khalil Kader Mohd said the knife used by the suspect is believed to have been disposed along the road to Desaru in Kota Tinggi.
He said so far 14 suspects have been detained during the investigation, with 11 having been released while three are still on remand.
"Initial investigations showed that one of the three suspects on remand is the prime suspect in the case," Comm Mohd Khalil Kader told reporters at the handing over of duties between outgoing Johor police CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Azman Ayob and his successor SAC Kamaluddin Kassim, the former Melaka police CID chief.
Comm Mohd Khalil Kader said three suspects were also involved in robbery cases in Kulai and Batu Pahat.
"We are going to submit the investigation papers on the murder and the robbery cases to the deputy public prosecutor's office soon," he added.
In the Dec 17, 2017 incident, the victim, who has since been identified as a triad member, was dragged and stabbed by four suspects before he was run over with a white BMW twice.
A video of the gruesome murder went viral.