‘Spiderman’ antics of robbery suspect create high drama

  • Nation
  • Friday, 26 Mar 2004


JOHOR BARU: Some 200 residents at Orkid Flats in Taman Desa Cemerlang here yesterday saw a real-life “Spiderman” climbing up and down between the third and fourth floors as he tried to escape from the arms of the law.  

However, this Spiderman, an Indonesian on the wanted list for robbery, was arrested almost two hours later following much coaxing and persuading not only by policemen but flat residents. 

Five other men – another Indonesian, one Bangladeshi and three Malaysians (one of whom was a soldier) were also detained to assist in investigations. The suspects are between 25 and 35 years old.  

The men were held to assist in investigations into a robbery at a foreign workers’ hostel in Taman Desa Cemerlang on March 19.  

On Wednesday, a team of 12 policemen from the Plentong police station, led by operations officer Chief Insp Adzli Abu Shah, detained four of the suspects in Taman Desa Cemerlang.  

Later, at about 6pm, the policemen went to Orkid Flats to arrest the remaining two Indonesians when one of the suspects tried to escape by climbing out of the back window. 

When contacted, Johor Baru (South) OCPD Senior Asst Comm II Hashim Yusof said the suspect started climbing through empty units on the third and fourth floors in an attempt to evade arrest. 

“However, the police managed to surround the suspect,” he said. 

“He then sat on a beam and threatened to jump off the building,” said SAC II Hashim, adding that he finally gave himself up about two hours later. 

It is learnt that an Indonesian woman, a resident at the five-storey flats, also helped police calm the suspect and cajoled him to surrender himself.  

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