Slingshot robber preys on women drivers

KOTA BARU - A man here has been preying on lone female drivers by using slingshots to target their cars.

The man's crime spree came to an abrupt halt when the police caught up with him after his latest robbery attempt.

The 36-year-old is believed to be responsible for at least seven robberies in Pasir Mas, Pasir Puteh, Kuala Krai and here since May.

He uses a slingshot to shatter the windscreens or puncture the tyres of cars, then pretend to offer help to the unsuspecting female victims before robbing them at knifepoint.

Kelantan police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mazlan Lazim said the man's most recent attempt took place on Tuesday when a 41-year-old nurse became his victim while driving from Gua Musang to Machang.

"The woman did not stop her car, but headed straight to a police station to file a report, saying she was trailed by a car before her windscreen was shattered," DCP Mazlan said.

Within 30 minutes of the report, the police traced the suspect to a mosque in Labok.

"In his bid to escape, he tried to ram into police personnel but ended up with a flat tyre after the police shot at his car," DCP Mazlan told reporters here yesterday.

He said the police recovered a slingshot, cash and a cellphone from the suspect's car and had remanded him for seven days to facilitate investigations.