Crime suspect arrested after victims, neighbours turn pursuers

The suspect (left) being led away by Stapang police personnel.

SIBU, July 13: An unemployed man was apprehended after being pursued and tracked down by his alleged victims yesterday.

According to Sibu district deputy police chief Supt Collin Babat, the 34-year-old man is suspected to have broken into a house at Jalan Jade Villa at about 6.35am yesterday and attempted to steal a motorcycle.

The house owner’s brother who is also a police personnel, witnessed the theft attempt and shouted at the suspect, rousing the house owner, 25, from sleep at the same time.

The suspect jumped over the fence and fled. Both brothers gave chase but lost sight of their target. The house owner later lodged a police report.

The brothers also sought assistance of residents in the area via WhatsApp to locate the suspect, leading to some residents spotting the suspect hiding in bushes.

However, Collin revealed, at about 9.30am, the suspect confronted a retired serviceman and his wife at a petrol kiosk near Jalan Jade Villa and rushed into their car.

The suspect asked them to drive away as he claimed someone wanted to kill him.

Fearing for their safety, the couple exited the car, leaving the suspect to drive away at high speed towards Sibu Jaya.

The retiree used his car’s immobiliser system to track the suspect who was by then in Stapang, and relayed the information to the authorities

“Stapang police managed to arrest the suspect who was then wearing the ex-serviceman’s shirt,” Collin disclosed, adding the suspect has previous criminal records of violent crime in Bintulu and Sibu. — DayakDaily