KUALA LUMPUR: Seven men have been detained in connection with the murder of a security guard at a hotel in Jalan Bukit Ceylon here.
Kuala Lumpur police chief Comm Datuk Azmi Abu Kassim said the suspects, aged between 18 and 26, were detained at premises along Jalan Kuching and Bangsar South on July 31 and Aug 1.
“Initial investigations revealed that the victim was a mule account holder who was being used by a scam syndicate.
“The suspects detained were members of the syndicate,” he told a press conference yesterday.
The victim was reported missing by his wife on July 29.
“An array of items were seized from the suspects, including RM24,901 in cash, an air gun, 31 mobile phones, 35 SIM cards and 34 bank cards.
“All seven of the suspects have been remanded until Aug 6,” Comm Azmi said.
He added that police also rescued four men and a woman, all locals, who had been confined by the syndicate at an apartment in Jalan Kuching.
“We will investigate further the extent of the syndicate’s activities, including how long they have been operating and the nature of their scams,” he added.
It was reported earlier that a security guard was found dead at a hotel along Lorong Ceylon here.
Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Mohamad Zainal Abdullah had said that they were alerted about the case at around 4.15am on Saturday and discovered the body at the scene.
Based on initial investigations, police believed the man was murdered as bruises were found on his wrists and forehead.