KUALA LUMPUR - A 28-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly faked his own kidnapping to extort a ransom of RM25,000 (S$9,711) from his parents.
The man, from Desa Jaya here, was believed to have a pile of gambling debts and had collaborated with four others to "kidnap" him and "steal" his car on Thursday.
The alleged captors then demanded RM25,000 from his family, supposedly for his release.
Details on how the man was kidnapped were not yet available but Gombak OCPD Asst Comm Abdul Rahim Abdullah said his parents told the police about their son, who was picked up at his hideout in Genting Highlands at about 3.30am on Friday.
Following the arrest, the police found he had sold the purportedly stolen car to another man.
"We tracked down the car and the buyer to another location in Genting," said ACP Abdul Rahim, adding that they seized the car and all documents pertaining to its sale.
It is learned that the parents did not pay the ransom money.
No other arrests were made.