KUALA LUMPUR - Already wanted for murder and multiple robberies, a 37-year-old man was caught working as a taxi driver and robbing defenceless tourists.
He would approach the visitors, mostly lone females, late at night or in the early morning and offer them transport services.
"Then he would take his victim to a secluded area and hold a parang to her and demand she hand over her valuables. Once he has what he wants, he would kick the passenger out and drive off," said Brickfields OCPD Asst Comm Muhammad Azlee Abdullah.
The man defaced the number plates on his taxi to keep the victims from reporting the vehicle.
The string of robberies ended after police spotted the man in Jalan Thambipillay at 3.45am on Oct 11 and stopped him as he matched descriptions given by victims.
He was arrested and brought to the Brickfields police headquarters where he confessed to robbing six passengers in Brickfields, Cheras and Dang Wangi this month.
"We seized a laptop computer, four USB drives, a camera, six smartphones, a watch, a wallet and SIM cards, all believed to have been stolen.
"We also found pawn slips for several smartphones," he said at a press conference yesterday.
The man is expected to be transferred to Wangsa Maju today for further investigations.
In another case last week, two female students jumped out of a moving taxi in Jalan Bukit Bintang after the cabbie allegedly held them at gunpoint and demanded for their valuables.
ACP Muhamad Azlee advised the public to book taxis using the MyTeksi app, which connects them to 10,000 taxi drivers who have been vetted and are in constant contact with police.
"Also, it is best not to get into a cab alone. It is better if a friend is with you.
"If you do get into a situation where the driver is attempting to rob you, please give him your valuables. Your life is more important.
"But take note of his appearance, his permit and identification, the colour of his taxi and the number plate. Anything you give us will help us solve such crimes," he said.