GEORGE TOWN: A policeman was attacked by a group of teenagers when he tried to break up a fight between them and two others said to be a patron and a bouncer at an entertainment outlet in Bukit Tambun here.
Sergeant Goh Boon Hong, 33, is now warded at the Sungai Bakap Hospital for multiple body injuries and a swollen face. His condition is reported to be stable.
Goh, who was having supper nearby the outlet, had rushed to the aid of the victims after they were attacked by the group of people, about 30 of them, outside an entertainment outlet at about 1am on Monday.
Goh, who was then in plain clothes, was mistaken as an accomplice to one of the patrons.
The attackers then started raining him with blows using helmets, sticks and rotan.
He ran for some 200m before another colleague, who was also nearby, whipped out his pistol and identified himself as policeman.
Only then the attackers dispersed.
Penang CID chief Senior Asst Comm Mazlan Kesah said police have since nabbed four teenagers, aged between 18 and 19, and recovered the weapons at the scene to facilitate the probe.
"The suspects are under remand until Thursday.
“We are still on the look out for the accomplices said to have involved in the fight," he said during a press conference at the state police contingent headquarters on Monday.
SAC Mazlan said those arrested would be charged under Section 186 of the Penal Code for obstructing a public officer from discharging his duty and Section 147 of the same code for causing a riot.
He added that the case would also be investigated under Section 324 of the Penal Code for intentionally causing hurt with a dangerous weapon.