PETALING JAYA - The Indonesian who brutally murdered bank officer Norazita Abu Talib in a robbery was nabbed in the nick of time while attempting to flee the country.
The rogue security guard, who had grabbed RM450,000 (S$176,000) after shooting Norazita Abu Talib, 37, with a pump gun on Oct 23, was reportedly heading to a jetty at about 7am, probably to escape to nearby islands.
But a Bukit Aman Ops Cantas Khas squad in full tactical gear was already waiting and he was cornered, with nowhere to run.
Police had earlier been tipped off that the Indonesian with a fake Malaysian MyKad was planning to flee via the quaint village of Kampung Tanjung Belungkor in Kota Tinggi, Johor.
Investigators believe that the nearby Pulau Batam in Indonesia or Singapore's Pulau Tekong could have been his likely destinations.
"The main suspect in the shooting and robbery has been detained.
"Our three-week manhunt has come to an end," said Federal CID director Comm Datuk Hadi Ho Abdullah.
Comm Hadi said police were investigating whether the suspect was hiding out at the village or just using the place as a transit point before heading to Indonesia.
However, those in the closely-knit fishing community villagers said they had not noticed any strangers in the village.