JOHOR BARU: An unemployed man brought along his four-year-old son as he stole a car, kidnapped a homeless woman, and robbed two foreign workers around here and Pasir Gudang.
The father then held his autistic son hostage at knife-point before the boy was rescued by police at around 10.30pm on Tuesday (Dec 22).
Seri Alam acting OCPD Deputy Supt Shahrulanuar Mushaddat Abdullah Sani said the suspect had earlier told his former wife that he wanted to take the boy out for a while.
The incident started at about 12.10am on Tuesday when the suspect stole a Proton Wira belonging to a 45-year-old Indonesian man, parked near a restaurant in Taman Air Biru.
“Some 40 minutes later, the suspect kidnapped a 55-year-old homeless woman at Dataran Larkin and drove around the city centre and Pasir Gudang until 2.35am.
“However, the car ran out of gas at the Pasir Gudang industrial area and the woman took the opportunity to run away.
"She asked for help from a security guard working at a nearby school before alerting the police on the incident, ” he told a press conference at the Seri Alam district police headquarters here on Wednesday (Dec 23).
DSP Shahrulanuar said the man, armed with a knife, then robbed two Bangladeshi nationals and stole a motorcycle at a petrol station along Jalan Pelabuhan Pasir Gudang at around 3am.
“We managed to track him down at his house in Taman Air Biru but the suspect acted violently, using his son as a hostage.
“We tried to talk some sense to him for two hours but he would not listen, forcing us to take action to rescue the child, ” he said, adding that one policeman suffered a minor injury during the scuffle with the suspect.
DSP Shahrulanuar said they seized the knife from the suspect. Checks later revealed he has four counts on his criminal record.
He said the suspect was currently under remand for six days until Dec 28 to assist with the investigations including under Section 307 of the Penal Code for attempted murder, which carries imprisonment up to 20 years.