Third gunman of Taman Jelita shootout case nabbed

The suspect (shirtless) being apprehended by the police.

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Brad Rantayy

MIRI,September 19:  The third suspect of Taman Jelita shootout-cum-robbery case is nabbed after four months.

The 37-year-old suspect nicknamed “Pui Kaw” was picked up from a house at Pujut Corner around 5.15am this morning by a team from Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Miri, disclosed Miri police chief ACP Lim Meng Seah.

The police also detained the suspect’s 22-year-old wife, apart from the seizure of a 88cm-long Samurai sword and some illegal substance weighing more than 530g, believed to be Syabu.

“We have also found and seized a digital weighing machine and several handphones ftom the suspects,” said Lim.

He said with the arrest of this (third) suspect, this case of Taman Jelita shootout-cum-robbery which occurred on May 16, was considered solved.

“The other two suspects have been detained and charged in the court,” he said.

On May 16, three masked men armed with guns rammed the luxurious car they were driving into the gate of a house at Jalan Pahlawan 3, Taman Jelita, Taman Tunku in a robbery attempt.

The three suspects then held those in the house, including a female maid and a boy aged four, hostage for nearly 30 minutes before a mobile police vehicle (MPV) arrived at the scene at 1.30pm.

One of the suspects were reportedly shot on his leg during the fire exchange between the suspects and the police.

At least 10 shots were fired during the incident.

One Mobile Police Vehicle (MPV) personnel was injured during the shootout.

The case is being investigated under Section 3 of the Firearms (Increased Penalties) Act 1971, Section 8 of the Corrosive and Explosive Substances and Offensive Weapons Act 1958, Section 39 (b) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1953 and Section 307 of the Penal Code for attempting murder.  — DayakDaily