Robber caught days after escaping from cops

Robber caught days after escaping from cops
PHOTO: The Straits Times

PETALING JAYA - With handcuffs still tight around his wrists, a sly robber outwitted four police officers and escaped from their vehicle while they searched his home in Klang.

Unfortunately, the 34-year-old hardened criminal was only buying himself an extra five days. He was taken down by the North Klang OCPD himself yesterday morning.

Asst Comm Mohd Yusoff Mamat led a team of 21 officers in a raid at a house in Kampung Seri Gombak Indah, Batu Caves and recaptured the suspect at about 1am yesterday,after nearly a week of cat-and-mouse game.

They later arrested two more men in Sungai Buloh, who are believed to have helped him get out of his handcuffs and evade detection.

Now, instead of just facing charges for robbery, the man may get slapped with an extra two-year prison sentence if he is found guilty for resisting arrest under Section 224 of the Penal Code.

He got into trouble on Dec 7 when he was trying to rob someone. Passers-by arrested him.

"He has been to prison before and has 20 criminal records for robbery and snatch theft," said ACP Mohd Yusoff.

Police interrogated the man and were led to his home in Kampung Paya Jaras, where he claimed his robbery accomplices were hiding out.

"Three officers went in to search the house while another stayed in the van with the suspect in the back. When the rest returned to the vehicle 10 minutes later, they saw the officer trying to look for the handcuffed suspect," he said.

Police tracked the suspect for five days and made the arrest after receiving a tip off. Police are also investigating how the suspect managed to escape the police vehicle.

The suspect is being investigated for robbery and resisting arrest, while his accomplices are being investigated for harbouring him.

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