AMPANG: A 19-year-old girl has been detained for faking her own abduction to extort money from her father.
Ampang Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Mohamad Farouk Eshak said the teenager had hid herself from her family when they visited a shopping mall here at around 1.30pm on Thursday (June 1).
"She told the family that she was going to the toilet but did not return.
"At 3.30pm the same day, her mother received a message, sent from the girl's phone, demanding RM100,000 for her safe return," he said in a statement on Saturday (June 3).
He said a team from Ampang Jaya district's Criminal Investigation Department raided a house in Taman Sri Muda in Shah Alam and detained the teenager at about 10pm the same day.
"We also seized the suspect's phone for further investigation.
"The suspect admitted that she was not abducted and she was the one who sent the message to her mother and demanded the money," he added.
ACP Mohamad Farouk said investigations revealed that the suspect was unhappy at a lack of freedom.
"She tested negative for drugs and has been remanded until Sunday (June 4)," he said.
ACP Mohamad Farouk said the case has been classified under Section 348/182 for giving false information to a public official.
"We will take stern action against anyone who falsely claims that a criminal incident took place or lodges a false report," he warned.