'Messiah' nabbed upon return to rented KL flat

'Messiah' nabbed upon return to rented KL flat
Dorchester Apartment.

James Raj Arokiasamy's stint as the self-styled "The Messiah" was cut short last Monday, soon after he returned to his rented home in Kuala Lumpur.

Unknown to the 35-year-old, a few dozen plainclothes Malaysian policemen were lying in wait at the upmarket Dorchester Apartment where he had been renting a unit for two years. They swooped in as soon as he sat down in the reception hall at about 2pm, said a security guard who wanted to be known only as Bhimendra.

Following the digital trail left behind by "The Messiah" - the online handle he allegedly used when hacking into, among others, the Ang Mo Kio Town Council website - police pieced together his identity.

They also discovered that their target, a Singaporean, was a wanted man here, having jumped bail in 2011 after he had been charged with drug-related offences.

After he was handcuffed, Malaysian police took him to his apartment unit K11-22, said Mr Bhimendra. But outside his apartment, James Raj apparently claimed he had lost his house keys, added the security guard.

Police then proceeded to enter the unit by force.

"There were signs of forced entry after they left," Mr Bhimendra told The Straits Times. "The owner came back last Wednesday to fix the door."

It was only about five hours later, at 7pm, that police re-emerged from the apartment with James Raj in tow, he said. Guards at the condo said James Raj always left home and came back alone. They did not recall ever seeing him with women or children.

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