SHAH ALAM: A manhunt is on for a 39-year-old criminal who escaped from police custody by stealing a police patrol car.
Gombak OCPD Asst Comm Ali Ahmad said police initially responded to a factory break-in in Batu Caves at 5.30am yesterday.
“The suspect was arrested at the scene but he managed to escape by driving off the patrol car,” he told reporters at the Selangor police headquarters.
He said an alert was put out and the patrol car was found abandoned along the Latar Highway just near the Guthrie Corridor Expressway turnoff about 30 minutes later.
He said in a follow-up, police arrested the suspect’s 17-year-old nephew in Selayang.
“Based on investigations, the suspect and his nephew allegedly broke into the warehouse in Batu Caves.
“When police arrived at the scene, the suspect was initially caught but the nephew managed to escape,” he said, adding that the suspect at large had a prior record and was once detained under the Prevention Of Crime Act (Poca) in Johor,” ACP Ali said.
“If there is negligence by our personnel in the handling of the suspect’s arrest, we will take necessary action against the policemen in question," Selangor police deputy chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Fuad Abdul Latiff said.