Man in viral video not caught for trying to kidnap students, say cops

KOTA KINABALU: Police have rubbished claims that the man in a video which went viral was arrested for attempting to abduct school students in Sabah’s Kota Marudu and Pitas districts.

Kota Marudu OCPD Supt Zairolnizal Ishak said the man captured in the 23-second clip was actually detained for trespassing into a private property at Kampung Marak Parak on Aug 11.

“We confirm that what was viraled over WhatsApp is not true at all,” he said in a statement on Monday (Aug 15).

He said the case was still under investigation, adding the suspect has been remanded under Section 117 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

“The police would like to advise the people not to spread the video as it was untrue and can cause public alarm,” Supt Zairolnizal said.

The video that has been making rounds since Sunday (Aug 14), contained footage of a man who was apparently handcuffed and sitting on the ground.

The clip was also accompanied with a text message claiming the man had been hauled up for attempting to kidnap a child at a primary school in Pitas town.

The message also advised parents to be more attentive towards their children because of the so-called incident.

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