Police and firemen called in to get trespasser out of tree

KOTA KINABALU: A man who allegedly broke into a government office in Sembulan, near here, hid atop a tree for about an hour to avoid getting caught.

The 32-year-old unemployed man was discovered to have trespassed into the Rural Development Ministry office at about 9pm by a security guard, according to the police.

Kota Kinabalu OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Zaidi Abdullah said upon detection, the suspect fled and ran towards a tree and climbed to the top.

“The security guard had alerted police and by the time we arrived, the suspect was still up there and refused to come down,” he said.

Policemen and firemen, who were also there to help, had to take up to about an hour to persuade him to get down and surrender himself to the cops, he said.

ACP Mohd Zaidi said the man was taken into custody after getting down from the tree and is being investigated for trespassing.

He could be jailed up to three years or fined up to RM5,000, or both, upon conviction.

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