KOTA KINABALU: A police manhunt is underway for a rape suspect who escaped police custody in Beluran two days ago.
Prior to his escape, police had brought the 29-year-old suspect Nasrudi Ambo, who was arrested on Feb 20, back to his home where the alleged rape took place.
Nasrudi and policemen had left the Beluran police lock-up at about 3pm.
After getting the evidence needed by the policemen, the suspect told them that he needed to break fast as he was fasting on that day.
He was cuffed from behind but police switched it to the front so that he could eat, and police then left him alone in the car when they went to buy water for him from a nearby sundry shop after he told police that he was thirsty.
Beluran police chief Supt Sivananthan V said the policemen returned to find the man missing.
"They thought that they had locked the doors before leaving the suspect alone," he said.
The policemen then immediately tried to chase after Nasrudi when they saw him running towards a nearby oil palm estate.
A report was lodged at about 2pm the next day and a full force manhunt was mounted.
"We have roadblocks at all major roads in and out of Beluran and other district police stations have been informed of this incident," Supt Sivananthan said.
Nasrudi is suspected of raping a 17-year-old girl at an oil palm estate on Feb 18.
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