KOTA KINABALU, Malaysia - A teenager was arrested just hours after allegedly staging his own abduction.
The 18-year-old unemployed apparently asked his friend to make a call to his mother, saying that a group of men had abducted him.
The mother was told that her son had stolen a motorcycle and would only be released if she paid them RM2,000 (S$800).
The 34-year-old mother received the call at about 9.30pm on June 25 from an unknown mobile phone number and lodged a police report four hours later at about 1.42am on June 26.
Kota Kinabalu city police chief Asst Comm Jauteh Dikun said a special team was formed to investigate the case following the report and found the alleged victim an hour and a half later.
The teenager was found roaming the streets of Kampung Delima with two friends, aged 17 and 23, some 12km from the state capital, he said at a press conference on Tuesday.
Initial investigations found that one of the two friends made the "ransom" demand, ACP Jauteh said, adding that the boy had planned his own abduction because he wanted money.
All three were arrested and are being investigated under Section 384 of the Penal Code for extortion.
Meanwhile, ACP Jauteh said the police were still investigating the case of missing toddler Low Min You and would not stop until they found answers to the case.
"We have no new leads until today but we will never stop investigating," he said.
Min You was reported missing from his father's vehicle at about 5am on May 9. More than 30 people, including the three-year-old's elder sister, have been questioned during the investigation but none has been able to shed light on the case.