Teen sought over brazen armed robbery in Malaysia

Muhammad Nur Aman Ibrahim seen robbing in Ara Damansara which was caught on video and went viral on social media.
PHOTO: The Star

PETALING JAYA - A teenager is being sought by police to help in the investigations into a brazen armed robbery in Ara Damansara, which was caught on video and went viral on social media.

OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Zani Che Din said police need Muhammad Nur Aman Ibrahim, 17, from Taman Desa Ria, to come forward to assist them.

"Those with information on his whereabouts are also urged to contact the nearest police station," he said at a press conference Thursday.

Two video clips of two women allegedly being mugged by an armed robber in Ara Damansara here have been circulating on social media.

The clips had a date and time stamp showing that the incident occurred at 3.40am Wednesday.

It is learnt that the victims were in a blue Perodua MyVi in Jalan PJU 1A/4 when they noticed a white Honda Accord, which was driven by the suspect, tailing them.

One video clip shows the MyVi attempting to enter an area guarded by a boom gate when the white car pulls up and stops directly behind it.

A man in a black T-shirt and grey shorts exits the white car brandishing a long parang.

In the shorter clip, taken from a higher angle, the attacker is seen running towards what is believed to be a passenger in the blue car who had stepped out of the vehicle.

The attacker can be seen trying to slash at the woman's hand to take her bag.

In the meantime, the Myvi can be seen slowly breaking through the boom gate.

Stills from the video clearly show the perpetrator in action.

The suspect took a handbag, a mobile phone and RM1,000 before fleeing the scene.

ACP Mohd Zani said investigations revealed that there were three women in the MyVi.

He said at 5.30pm the same day, a police patrol team in Desa Ria spotted the vehicle used in the robbery.

"Our men ordered the driver to pull over but he rammed into a car in front of him before reversing and hitting the patrol vehicle.

"The driver then sped off," he said.

A 2km chase ensued and ended in Desa Mentari.

Brazen armed robbery in Malaysia caught on video

  • Two videos of a woman allegedly being mugged by an armed robber in Ara Damansara here has been going viral on social media and messaging apps.
  • The videos, which are one minute, 15 seconds and 35 seconds long respectively, had a date and time stamp in the right upper corner, showing that the incident occurred on Oct 5 at 3.40am.
  • It showed a blue Myvi at a boom gate when a white car pulls up and stops directly behind it.
  • A man in a black T-shirt and grey shorts suddenly exits the white car.
  • The man is brandishing a long parang.
  • The other clip is taken from a higher angle.
  • The attacker can be seen running towards what is believed to be a passenger in the blue car who had stepped out of the vehicle.
  • The attacker appears to slash at the woman's hand to forcibly take her bag.
  • In the meantime, the car can be seen slowly breaking through the boom gate.
  • Stills from the video clearly showed the perpetrator in action.
  • A security guard did not react to the situation probably due to fear as the suspect was also seen waving his machete in the general direction of the guard-post, Malaysia's The Sun reported.
  • According to The Sun, Petaling Jaya district police chief ACP Mohd Zani Che Din has confirmed the incident.
  • He said that police are now viewing the CCTV footage and have initiated a manhunt to track down the suspect.
  • After getting the woman's bag, the man rushed back into his white Honda Civic before driving away.

"During the chase, the driver grazed the right side of our vehicle in a bid to escape, so we had to open fire.

"Five shots were fired and a few hit the suspect's car. That prompted the driver to pull over and flee on foot," he said, adding that it is uncertain how many suspects were in the car as it was heavily tinted.

ACP Mohd Zani said checks by police found that the car was reported stolen from a 25-year-old Customs Department officer during a robbery in Jalan SS4B/10 on Sept 23.

Nine packets of a substance believed to be heroin were also found in the car.

The case is being investigated for armed gang robbery, attempted murder and drug possession.

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