A 51-year-old businessman who was forced into his car with his wife and two daughters by burglars leapt out of the vehicle in the middle of the terror ride.
The victim, known only as Leng, managed to break free and bolted when the vehicle stopped at a traffic light in Seberang Perai, Penang, on Thursday.
He sought help from a passing lorry driver, who took him to the police station, The Star reported.
About half an hour later, his wife, Madam Sim, and their daughters were released unharmed more than 50km from their home in George Town. The two burglars had broken into the house, tied up the family of four and bundled them into Mr Leng's Mercedes-Benz.
The duo, believed to be locals, were said to be unhappy with their loot of RM4,000 (S$1,560) cash and some jewellery.
They wanted Madam Sim, 49, to withdraw money from the ATM.
They told Mr Leng that he and his daughters, aged 12 and 19, would be "held somewhere" while his wife withdrew cash for them.
Angered by Mr Leng's daring escape, one of the burglars punched Madam Sim in the face while they were in the car, The Star reported.
Penang CID chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Mazlan Kesah said the burglars had entered the house through the roof at around 4.30am.
He said: "The suspects, armed with a parang, went into the girls' room before heading for the master bedroom where the couple slept.
"We believe the suspects had been monitoring the house for some time before making the move."
The car has yet to be traced.
Mr Leng told China Press: "If I hadn't jumped out at Seberang Perai, I think the burglars would have harmed our entire family."
This article was first published on July 05, 2014.
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