MAN DRAGS HOSTAGE

He had ear­lier held a maid hostage af­ter break­ing into a house

New Straits Times - - News -

AVILA GERAL­DINE KOTA KIN­A­BALU avila@nst.com.my

THE knife-wield­ing man, who held a wo­man in a two-hour stand­off in Da­mai Luyang on Wed­nes­day, had ear­lier taken a maid hostage at knife­point af­ter he broke into a house in Ta­man Is­timewa, Jalan Ko­lam, lo­cated be­hind the Luyang po­lice sta­tion here.

Sabah po­lice com­mis­sioner Datuk Ramli Din yes­ter­day said the man, 27, who was un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs, held the maid hostage when the house owner saw him and called the po­lice.

“Shortly af­ter po­lice ar­rived, the man let her go and ran to another house where he took another wo­man hostage at knife­point,” he said, adding that the man was a for­eigner and tested pos­i­tive for syabu.

A Ta­man Is­timewa res­i­dent, who wished to be known only as Ah­mad, said fam­ily mem­bers had tried to per­suade the man to free the 25-year-old wo­man by of­fer­ing him a sum of money.

“He re­fused to let her go and threat­ened to slit the vic­tim’s throat,” he said.

The sit­u­a­tion be­came tense when the man dragged the vic­tim in Jalan Luyang-Da­mai.

Passers-by stopped and drivers slowed down to wit­ness the 7.30pm in­ci­dent.

This prompted po­lice to dis­patch more per­son­nel to the scene to con­trol traf­fic and cor­don off a sec­tion of the road to

PIC COUR­TESY OF MMEA

The Mon­go­lian­reg­is­tered ves­sel seized by MMEA in Me­laka yes­ter­day.

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