PENANG: A man was arrested when he turned up to collect a RM500,000 ransom for the release of a poultry farmers wife.
A six-man police team pounced on the suspect, 29, when he turned up at a vacant house in Machang Bubok, Bukit Mertajam at 10.30pm on Wednesday.
State CID chief Senior Asst Comm II Syed Ismail Syed Azizan said the woman, 33, had freed herself six hours earlier without the knowledge of her abductor.
The woman was abducted at a market near Taman Sri Kijang at 9.30am on Wednesday.
She was about to enter her multi-purpose vehicle when a man whose face was covered with a handkerchief came from behind and held a pistol against her back.
The woman was then forced to drive to Juru where the man changed the vehicles registration number plate, SAC Syed Ismail told reporters yesterday.
He said the man proceeded to Taman Saujana Indah in Machang Bubok where he left the woman in a vacant house after tying her up with masking tape.
The man contacted the womans husband, 34, and demanded RM600,000 for her release but after some negotiation, agreed to RM500,000.
He said the poultry farm owner received a call from an unidentified man later in the afternoon telling him that his wife had escaped.
The farmer, on learning that his wife was out of danger, lodged a police report.
At 8pm, the kidnapper contacted her husband to inform him where to drop off the money, and police then set the trap to arrest him.
SAC Syed Ismail said the suspect was remanded for two weeks by a magistrates court pending investigations.