Police solved ‘terror ride’ case after arrest of 3 suspects

The third suspect (third from left) was nabbed yesterday.

By Brad Rantayy

MIRI, Jan 6: Police considers as solved the case where an 81-year-old grandmother was taken on a 5-minute terror ride and was later punched and relieved of her valuables by a robber on Thursday (Jan 3) here.

Miri police chief ACP Lim Meng Seah today said a total of three suspects were nabbed and the stolen Toyota Hilux was recovered.

On Thursday (Jan 3), the octogenarian had gone to town with her 48-year-old daughter using a Toyota Hilux to exchange some ringgit notes for Brunei dollars. Upon reaching the moneychanger’s shop in Jalan High Street, her daughter got down from the vehicle alone without locking the doors and left the engine running.

A stranger immediately entered the vehicle and sped off with her terrified mother inside. After about five minutes, the robber let the woman go but not before punching her and relieving her of her valuables.

After the 2.30pm episode was reported, Miri police got to work and managed to collar two suspects the following day at a budget hotel in Jalan Bendahara.

Yesterday, a 39-year-old suspect, who is believed to be the buyer of the stolen four-wheel drive vehicle, was cornered by Marudi CID personnel in Long Lama, Marudi, at about 1pm.

Police found the stolen vehicle concealed inside an unnumbered storehouse in Jalan Kampung Kayan in Long Lama.

“The arrest (of the third suspect) was made following swift action by Marudi police,” said Lim, when contacted today.

The case is being investigated under Section 394 of the Penal Code for committing robbery, and all three suspects have been remanded until Jan 10. — DayakDaily