KOTA BARU: Police have nabbed an alleged robber who posed as a religious man, believed to be responsible for at least seven instances of robbing lone female mosque-goers this year.
The 36-year-old suspect allegedly used a slingshot to shatter car windscreens or puncture vehicle tyres of unsuspecting victims before pretending to offer help and robbing them at knifepoint in Pasir Mas, Pasir Puteh, Kuala Krai here.
Kelantan police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mazlan Lazim said the suspect last struck on Tuesday, when a 41-year victim's car windscreen shattered on her way from Gua Musang to Machang.
"She did the right thing by going to the police station to report that she was being trailed by a car before her windscreen was smashed.
"Within 30 minutes of the report, we managed to trace the suspect to a mosque in Labok.
"The suspect tried to escape by trying to ram police personnel, but police shot at his car, puncturing his tyres," DCP Mazlan told reporters at a press conference at the State police contingent here on Thursday.
He said police recovered a slingshot, cash and a cell phone and remanded the suspect for seven days to facilitate investigations.
DCP Mazlan added that the man confessed to using the same modus operandi on at least seven victims since May.
"This man is dangerous and capable of doing anything to get money from his victims, he said, adding that the man tested positive for amphetemine.
DCP Mazlan said the suspect is being investigated under Section 392 and 397 of the Penal Code.