Armed gas station robber collared, 3 hurt

The 48-year-old victim ended up with stitches on his right cheek following the robbery attempt.

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MIRI, July 23: A 57-year-old man who attempted to rob a gas station in Desa Senadin late Sunday evening was pinned down while trying to flee the scene after injuring three people.

The injured were two female workers, aged 19 years and 23 years, of the gas station. The third victim was the 19-year-old victim’s father, who happened to be at the station to fill up his vehicle. They were all treated at Miri Hospital.

The episode unfolded at about 6.50pm when the suspect walked into the gas station with what appeared to be a machete. It is understood that he initially pretended to look for some items before whipping out the weapon he was carrying and demanded money from the two workers at the payment counter.

The suspect was arrested after a 500m chase by a member of the public.

It is unclear how the workers reacted to his demand, but it ended with the suspect attacking the duo, grabbing some cash and trying to flee. But he was stopped in his tracks by the 19-year-old’s father, and a struggle ensued.

After the assailant managed to slash the 48-year-old man on his right cheek, he quickly fled the scene, but the injured man did not give up and managed to subdue him after a 500 metre chase.

Video surveillance footage of the whole incident soon went viral on Facebook.

Acting city police chief DSP Aldrin Kutoi Junaidi said the case is being investigated under Section 394 of the Penal code for robbery. — DayakDaily