MAN DRAGS HOSTAGE
He had earlier held a maid hostage after breaking into a house
AVILA GERALDINE KOTA KINABALU firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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