Robber takes octogenarian on a terrifying 5-minute ride in Miri file pic. // Photo: Pixabay

MIRI, Jan 4: What seems to be a normal ride to town to change some ringgit notes to Brunei dollars turned out to be a terrifying moment for an 81-year-old woman here yesterday.

The drama unfolded at about 2.30pm when the elderly woman accompanied her 48-year-old daughter to a money changer in Jalan High Street.

When they reached the shop, her daughter got down but left the Toyota Hilux’s engine running, the doors unlocked and with her mother inside the vehicle.

A short while later, a stranger entered the four-wheel drive vehicle and drove off.

City police chief ACP Lim Meng Seah said the terrified octogenarian was dropped off after about five minutes at a nearby area, still within Jalan High Street.

But before dropping off the elderly woman, the robber punched his victim and relieved her of her gold necklace and rings.

The victim immediately called up her daughter to pick her up and sought treatment at Miri Hospital.

Lim said the case is being investigated under Section 394 of the Penal Code for robbery. The losses suffered is estimated at RM50,000.— DayakDaily