MELAKA: Melaka police detained the alleged female accomplice of an alleged armed robber here following a high-speed chase drama at a usually quiet housing estate in Jalan Kesidang, Kampung Lapan, here.
Deputy Comm Datuk Abdul Majid Mohd Ali said the 42-year-old woman from Tangkak, Johor, had previously tested positive for Covid-19 on Dec 25,2020, and underwent compulsory quarantine before returning to crime.
He said both the suspects are also lovers.
DCP Abdul Majid said a team from the Melaka Criminal Investigation Department had intercepted the 38-year-old robber and the woman while the two were coming out from a motel room at Jalan Ong Kim Wee here at 12.40pm Monday (Jan 11).
“The male suspect had been arrested by police numerous times and had a criminal record with 40 serious crime offences.
"His accomplice had a criminal record with three drug-related offences, ” he said when met at the scene Monday (Jan 11).
Melaka Tengah OCPD Asst Comm Afzanizar Ahmad was also present.
DCP Abdul Majid said a team of policemen in an unmarked car had pursued the couple and signalled them to pull over.
“However, they fled and a high-speed chase ensued where a policeman who was in pursuit on a motorcycle sustained minor injuries, ” he said.
DCP Abdul Majid said the suspect had rammed an unmarked police car several times when he was cornered at the site.
“My men had no choice but to fire three shots towards the tyre of the suspect’s car when he acted aggressively, ” he said adding that the suspect also had dangerous weapons in his possession.
DCP Abdul Majid said the main suspect is believed to be part of a five-man mobile robbery syndicate, who are still active in
house break-ins, carjacking and armed robbery in several states -
Johor, Perak and Negri Sembilan.
“We discovered the suspect isn’t the mastermind of the syndicate and will get assistance from contingents in other states to track the remaining members, ”he said.
DCP Abdul Majid said the suspect had also served under the Prevention of Crime Act 1959 (POCA) in 2018 and was familiar with the nooks and corners of Melaka.
“The couple was believed to be on their way to stage a robbery here with the help of another 34-year-old accomplice who is a local.
“We managed to solve at least ten robberies and car thefts
that were reported in the state since September last year, ” he said.
He added that police also confiscated various types of drugs and
belongings from the couple.
DCP Abdul Majid said police had launched a manhunt for the third accomplice who managed to escape on foot.
He said the third accomplice had also abandoned a car registered
under his mother’s name.
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