Chance to nab robber
> Cops pursuing suspicious man did not know he was wanted due to late report
PETALING JAYA: Three women were robbed in Ara Damansara on Wednesday and police said if they had reported the incident immediately, the criminal may have been apprehended.
The robbery, which happened at about 3.30am, was only reported at about 7pm.
The same man was involved in a car chase with police at about 5.40pm.
The pursuit, however, was not over the robbery. Instead it was triggered after two policemen spotted a man acting suspiciously.
It is learnt police patrolmen had spotted the robber, who was in a stolen car, behaving suspiciously near Taman Desa Ria.
Upon seeing the police approaching, the man sped off and a high-speed car chase ensued from Taman Desa Ria to Desa Mentari.
During the chase, the suspect crashed into the police car several times. When he failed to heed a warning to pull over, a policeman opened fire.
After five gunshots, the car was forced to come to a halt about 1.5km from Taman Desa Ria.
The robber jumped out of the vehicle and managed to flee.
Petaling Jaya district police chief ACP Mohd Zani Che Din said police recovered a parang and a helmet from the car, which was reported stolen in Kelana Jaya on Sept 23.
Meanwhile, a man claimed in a Facebook post that the person in a CCTV video of the Ara Damansara robbery is his younger brother, and apologised to the victims.
He also apologised to netizens for “failing to educate him (suspect)” and said he was willing to compensate the affected victims.
In an unrelated case, two individuals suffered injuries on their hands, legs and heads after they were robbed and slashed by two masked men armed with parang in Jalan Rahim Kajai, Taman Tun Dr Ismail in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
The incident happened at 11.25am after the 43-year-old man and 59-year-old woman had just withdrawn some money from a bank.
Brickfields district police chief ACP Shahrul Othman Mansor said the two suspects, wearing masks, are believed to have tailed the victims from the bank.