Malaysia's Vinod 08 gang leader arrested

PETALING JAYA - The Vinod 08 gang's reign of terror has come to an end with the arrests of its leader and a gang member following a three-hour car chase from Taman Sri Gombak to Taman Titiwangsa.

Acting on a tip off, police personnel were able to track down the suspects travelling in their car after they were involved in an attempted break-in at Taman Sri Gombak at about 1.30am yesterday.

Police gave chase until Genting Sempah before the suspects turned around and headed back towards Kuala Lumpur.

Gombak OCPD Asst Comm Abdul Rahim Abdullah said police personnel fired several shots at the suspects' vehicle as they were endangering other motorists.

He said the chase led to Jalan Pahang where the suspects knocked down a motorcycle before ending up at a dead end in Lorong Titiwangsa 3.

"We have detained a 21-year-old female gang member while the leader, known as Vinod, escaped.

"We finally tracked him down at Jalan Kuantan near Tasik Titiwangsa at about 9.30am," he said.

He added that the suspect suffered bullet wounds on his right shoulder and waist.

"The arrest of Vinod brings a three-month manhunt to an end. We have successfully crippled the gang.

"The gang is responsible for more than 20 robberies and break-ins in Gombak and Jinjang," he said, adding that police also seized a machete and an axe from Vinod.

While there may be some remnants of the gang still at large, ACP Abdul Rahim believed that the gang had been put "out of business".

"We are not ruling out the possibility that the gang members were also involved in drug related offences," he said.

It was learnt the vehicle was used by the suspect in a robbery at a car mechanic's workshop in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.

The Vinod 08 gang is said to be embroiled in a turf war with the Anand 36 and 04 gangs.

Police have arrested 12 gang members since the crackdown on the gang began in August.