PETALING JAYA: When 11 detainees escaped from the Puchong police station lock-up here on July 3, it was the screams of two teenagers that alerted the police personnel on duty that Saturday night.
The teenagers – students Khairul Azhar Sabri, 17, and Mohd Aliff Izani, 15, – had promptly captured one of the escapees because they were afraid that the breakout would jeopardise their fathers' career.
Their fathers are lance corporals at the station.
“Both our fathers have been working at the station for four years. Can you imagine what would have happened if our fathers were on duty that night?” asked Mohd Aliff, a student of SM Section 4, Bandar Kinrara, Puchong.
The teenagers, who live at the police quarters within the station's compound, were walking behind the main station's building to meet a friend at a nearby shop at 10.30pm when they saw a man crawling towards the surau.
Mohd Aliff said: “At first, we thought some children were playing hide-and-seek but when I saw two other men running towards the station's boundary, I told Khairul that it was a breakout.
“I pulled out my handphone to call my dad and that's when the detainee, who was shirtless and crawling, stood up, ran and jumped into a drain.”
Without saying a word to each other, the boys pursued the escapee on foot and even plunged into a drain to catch him.Several policemen who were a few metres away, preparing to go on their crime prevention rounds, heard their screams and immediately arrested the detainee, a drug addict.
With the teenagers’ help, the policemen also re-arrested two other detainees who were caught hiding in the drain.
The others were caught later.
Asked if they were afraid for their own safety, the teenagers burst out laughing.
Khairul Azhar, a SM Puchong student, said: “That's why we ran after that particular detainee, who was definitely thinner than the other two. Being children of policemen, we always reflect beforehand if our actions would jeopardise our fathers' work.”
In appreciation of their bravery, Petaling Jaya Selatan deputy police chief Asst Comm Muhammad Fuad Taib presented the two with letters of commendation last month.
He said: “I'm proud of the boys and I'd like to praise their parents too for teaching them good moral values.”