KAJANG - A mining company owner and his uncle tackled a Peruvian robber to the ground as he was escaping with RM70,000 (S$26,142) he stole from them in Balakong.
They, however, lost the cash when the suspect tossed the bag of money into his accomplices' car which sped off.
Kajang OCPD Asst Comm Abdul Rashid Abdul Wahab said the victim and his uncle were at the CIMB Bank in Dataran C180 at about 11.30am on Tuesday and withdrew the RM70,000 (S$26,142) for staff salaries.
The victim's 31-year-old sister was waiting in the car parked outside. He kept the money in a sling bag and placed it in the back seat.
"As he and his uncle were getting in, the man approached the vehicle, opened the back door and grabbed the sling bag," said ACP Abdul Rashid.
The Peruvian made a dash for a silver Proton Waja parked nearby as the victim and his uncle gave chase. They managed to grab hold of the foreigner as he opened the car door.
"A struggle ensued among the three men. The suspect managed to throw the bag into the car before he was tackled to the ground.
"The two accomplices got out of the vehicle to try and help but by then members of the public had gathered. They panicked and drove off, leaving their friend," he said.
Investigations revealed that the 61-year-old suspect had entered the country as a tourist on April 18.
He had been arrested before in January for robbing a Japanese tourist in Brickfields.
"However, he was released and the case was closed. We don't know why he was let go. Something is not right and we are investigating it.
"The suspect has been uncooperative. At first he spoke to us in English but now he is claiming he doesn't understand the language and claiming he lives in Seremban," ACP Abdul Rashid said, adding that the number plate on the Proton Waja was fake.
The case is being investigated under Section 395 of the Penal Code for gang robbery.