A 70-year-old man from a longhouse in Miri, Sarawak, was arrested after he tried to rape an eight-year-old girl from the same longhouse.
China Press reported that the man brought the girl to a jungle and took her clothes off but fled when he spotted someone walking nearby.
Marudi OCPD Deputy Supt Gabriel Risut said preliminary investigations revealed that the culprit had the girl pinned onto a wooden rack before taking off her clothes.
The frightened girl started crying, so the man covered her mouth with his hands. But a woman who was passing by saw what was happening.
Police promptly arrested the suspect at 3.40pm on Tuesday following a report.