PETALING JAYA - A self-employed man's attempt to get a report against his brother withdrawn turned awry when he was allegedly abducted and almost killed by the transgender loan shark who lodged it.
On Thursday, the 28-year-old man met a transgender named "Ramaya" in Jalan Thambipillai, Brickfields, at 11.30am to discuss his brother's debt-related matter.
The transgender was accompanied by five individuals, including two women.
Several minutes into the discussion, the suspect demanded the man pay him RM80,000 in exchange for withdrawing the report.
The meeting came to an abrupt end when the man told the loan shark he did not have the money.
"Unhappy with his answer, one of the loan shark's accomplices held a knife at the victim's waist and instructed him to get into a black car before being driven away followed by a white car," said City CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Zainuddin Ahmad.
In the vehicle, the man was bound with rope and duct tape before he was blindfolded.
"According to the victim, he saw the loan shark getting into the white car. The victim also overheard a conversation among the suspects that they were planning to kill him since he couldn't pay," he said.
Several hours into the journey, the man managed to move part of the blindfold and saw they were in a ravine at an unknown location.
"He quickly took the chance to lunge at the steering wheel. That caused the car to crash.
"The victim was thrown out of the car. He was unconscious for a while. He climbed up the slope and a passing lorry driver helped him.
"His bounds were removed and when he looked at the clock, it was 5pm, Friday. He also saw the car had burnt marks on it," said SAC Zainuddin.
At the police station later, the man realised his gold chain, three handphones and a wallet containing RM300 were taken from him.
Investigations revealed that the incident occurred when he attempted to get the suspect to withdraw a report against his brother who is now in prison for kidnapping.
Based on the victim's statement, the main suspect is the loan shark, a friend of his for four years.
Ramaya had been arrested before for various offences.