MIRI: Six members of a notorious gangster group, including a woman, have been arrested after they kidnapped three youths here and obtained ransom money from one of the victim’s brother.
Police arrested the gang members at a house inside a sprawling housing estate in the outskirts of the city on Monday night after a city-wide manhunt, sources said yesterday.
It is learnt that those arrested and the victims were all in their early 20s.
Police teams, armed with semi-automatic rifles, ambushed the gangsters after tracking them to the house.
They dashed into the house and arrested the six.
No shots were fired in the 11pm raid.
Sarawak CID chief Senior Asst Comm (II) Huzir Mohamed declined to give details as police were still investigating the case and on the background of the gangsters.
Sources told The Star that the abduction took place on Monday afternoon.
Police here got wind of the case at about 2pm following a distress call from a man in Kuala Lumpur, an elder brother of one of the victims, said a source.
“The gangsters had called him and demanded that he bank in a big sum of money into a bank account here for the safe return of his younger brother,” said the source.
“They sent mail messages to the man with photographs of his badly beaten brother.
“They warned that he would suffer a worse fate unless the money is banked in.”
The source said the man banked in the money in an account given by the gangsters who had set a 4pm deadline.
“Police began monitoring numerous banks in Miri and obtained close circuit television footage of people withdrawing money from Automated Teller Machines,” said the source.
This led them to narrow down various suspects and a manhunt was launched, which eventually led to the arrest of the six.
It is learnt that the gangsters set free the victims unharmed late on Monday night (after they had withdrawn the ransom money) and shortly after that, the police teams swooped in on the gangsters.
The six suspects have been detained at the Miri Central Police Station lock-up and are expected to be brought to court soon.
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