Driver tells tale of child ab­duc­tion saga

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - FRONT PAGE -

KOTA KINABALU: Ar­wan Hatta was play­ing domi­noes with some friends when he saw an uniden­ti­fied man ap­proach­ing the fourth floor flat where he later held a two-year-old girl hostage at knife point.

The 41-year-old driver said he be­came con­cerned as the man who was act­ing sus­pi­ciously was armed with a ‘bugis’ knife.

“I had just fin­ished zo­hor prayers and came to play domi­noes with some friends here on the fourth floor. I saw the man ap­proach­ing the area where we were and telling ev­ery­one to stop play­ing. I was also ready to re­tal­i­ate if the man at­tacked me,” said Ar­wan, who had lived in the res­i­den­tial area for nine years.

How­ever, the sus­pect went into a flat there and Ar­wan said he im­me­di­ately called out to the owner to warn him about the sus­pect’s pres­ence.

The sus­pect, he said, told the oc­cu­pant(s) of the flat to close the door on the pre­text of want­ing to rest there, said Ar­wan, adding that the sus­pect came out a while later, and that was when he picked up the girl who was play­ing out­side and took her back into the flat.

“At that junc­ture, I raised the alarm of a child ab­duc­tion and our neigh­bours re­sponded. We kicked down the door of the flat in a bid to res­cue the child,” he said.

“But then, the sus­pect was in the toi­let while spurt­ing wa­ter over the girl, and at the same time threat­en­ing us and telling us not to get near the child,” he said.

Ar­wan added that the child was calm through­out the or­deal. The mother of the child then called the po­lice for help.

Mean­while, Je­mati Maidun, 47, who lives nearby, said she was about to go to the hospi­tal for a rou­tine check-up but rushed to the scene in­stead, when she learned of the in­ci­dent.

She said that she was more con­cerned about the fate of the child upon find­ing out that the girl had in­juries on her neck.

Nordiya Laila, 15, was just as shocked that such an in­ci­dent had oc­curred in the area.

“I was sur­prised when I heard that a child had been kid­napped in the area where we live,” she said.

The flat where the hostage drama took place.

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