FOR 2 HOURS
keep the public away from the area as police tried to coax the man.
Videos of the incident have gone viral.
After dragging the woman 1.5km for two hours, the man surrendered himself and released the woman near Queen Elizabeth Hospital 2 at 9.50pm.
Police personnel, who disguised themselves as medical staff, approached the man on the pretext of wanting to check on the woman’s condition and, at the same time, calm the man down.
The team then arrested the man and seized his knife.
Ramli said the man would be remanded until May 17 to facilitate investigation under Section 3 of the Kidnapping Act 1961 for abduction, wrongful restraint or wrongful confinement for ransom and Section 307 of the Penal Code for attempting to murder.
He said the victim was discharged from hospital yesterday morning.
The woman’s family members declined to speak to media, but extended their gratitude to police for handling the situation successfully.
Netizens praised police and congratulated those involved for handling the incident well.
“Awesome job PDRM!! Moments like this make us Malaysians proud,” said Facebook user Tay Seng Kee.
The man who held two women hostage in Kota Kinabalu on Wednesday was under the influence of drugs.