SHAH ALAM: A manhunt is on for a hardened criminal who escaped custody by stealing a police patrol car.
Gombak OCPD Asst Comm Ali Ahmad said police initially responded to a break-in at a factory in Batu Caves at around 5.30am on Tuesday.
"Patrolmen arrived at the scene and apprehended the 39-year-old suspect there, but the suspect managed to escape by driving off in the patrol car," he said at the Selangor police headquarters on Tuesday.
He said a district-wide alert was put out and the patrol car was found abandoned along the Latar Highway near the Guthrie Corridor Expressway turnoff about half an hour later and added that police later arrested the suspect’s 17-year-old nephew in Selayang.
"Based on investigations, the suspect and his nephew allegedly broke into a warehouse in Batu Caves. When police arrived at the scene, the suspect was initially caught but the nephew managed to escape," he said.
According to ACP Ali, the suspect at large had a prior record and was once detained under the Prevention Of Crime Act (Poca) in Johor.
ACP Ali said the suspect went back to his old ways in Johor while he was placed under a Poca restricted residence order.
Selangor deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Fuad Abdul Latiff said the case was being investigated.
"The suspect managed to drive off in a patrol car.If there is negligence by our personnel in handling the suspect’s arrest, we will take the necessary action against the policemen in question," he said.
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