Minors among those nabbed for abduction, assault


JOHOR BARU: Three underage boys were among four suspects arrested for abducting, beating up and threatening three teenagers here.

Johor Baru Utara OCPD Asst Comm Balveer Singh said police received a report on Sunday morning about three 14-year-old boys who were abducted from a supermarket in Skudai.

“Early investigations found that a group of about 10 men had forced the victims into three cars at about 8pm on Saturday. The victims recognised one of the suspects.

“They were then taken to an unknown location where they were stripped naked and beaten up.

“The suspects also took photos of the victims, who were naked, and threatened to spread the photos if the incident was made known to others,” he said in a statement yesterday.

ACP Balveer added that the suspects then took the victims’ belongings before leaving them there.

“The three boys, who have bruises on their faces and hands from the beatings, managed to get help from the public.

“They were then sent to the hospital and later went to a police station to lodge a report,” he added.

ACP Balveer said police managed to arrest four of the suspects, including three minors, in Skudai at about 8pm on Sunday.

“The suspects who have been arrested are aged between 15 and 20.

“We also seized a vehicle believed to have been used in the incident as well as the victims’ belongings,” he said.

ACP Balveer said the case is being investigated for kidnapping, causing hurt with weapons, and criminal intimidation.

“The investigation is still ongoing and we are trying to identify the motive behind the incident.

“We are also on the lookout for the rest of the suspects who are still at large,” he said, adding that the four suspects have been remanded for four days beginning yesterday.

He also urged anyone with information on the incident to contact Inspector Intan Khaizira at 013-606 2618.

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