JOHOR BARU: Police have arrested two men linked to a spate of murders involving the elderly which occurred in Batu Pahat here recently.
Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said the suspects aged 30 and 35 were nabbed on Jan 8.
"We believe that they are linked to at least four cases while using the same modus operandi.
"The duo would usually target victims aged 50 and above, hit them on the head with an object and then rob them of their belongings," he said, adding that the victims for all four incidents died due to their injuries.
SDCP Mohd Mokhtar said that the cash stolen was a small sum while items taken from the victims include their watches and other jewellery items they possess.
"The two men basically kill and then rob," he said adding that police nabbed the first suspect aged 30 at around 12.05am at Cahaya Masai in Johor.
He said that at around 2.20pm the same day, police conducted a raid at a house beside the sea at Kg.Makam, Ulu Tiram and while conducting checks on the premises, the second suspect tried to escape by jumping into the sea.
"One of our officers jumped in as well and swam towards the suspect, caught him, dragged him back to shore and arrested him," he said during a press conference here on Jan 15.
SDCP Mohd Mokhtar said both suspects had past criminal records and were currently being remanded pending investigations.