GEORGE TOWN, Malaysia - A 51-year-old businessman, who was forced into his car with his wife and two daughters by two robbers, leapt out of the vehicle in the midst 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 at 7.30am yesterday.
He sought help from a passing lorry driver who then sent him to the police station to lodge a report.
About half an hour later, his wife, Sim, and their daughters were released unharmed at Tikam Batu near Sungai Petani, Kedah, more than 50km away from their house in Taman Hutchings here.
The two robbers, who had earlier broken into their house, tied up the family of four before bundling them into Leng's Mercedes-Benz 200E.
The duo, believed to be locals based on their accent, were said to be unhappy with their loot of RM4,000 cash and some jewellery from the house and wanted Sim, 49, to withdraw money from the ATM.
They told Leng that he and his daughters, aged 12 and 19, would be "held somewhere" while his wife withdrew cash for them.
Angered by her husband's daring escape, one of the robbers landed a punch on Sim's face in the car.
Penang CID chief Senior Asst Comm Mazlan Kesah said the robbers had entered the house through the roof at around 4.30am.
"The suspects, armed with 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," he told reporters after gathering evidence from the house.
He also urged those who come across the car with the number plate W6955K to contact the police.