QuickCheck: Did a mentally disabled man try to kidnap a child in Johor?


A screen shot of the video showing the man attempting to escape with the seven-year-old boy.

A DASHCAM video has been circulating online showing a man aggressively grabbing a young boy in school uniform in front of a fast food restaurant and attempting to drag him away before being stopped by bystanders. The suspect was allegedly in mental care, is this true?

Verdict:

TRUE

Johor police chief Comm Datuk Kamarul Zaman Mamat said police received a call from a man about the incident that happened near a fast food restaurant in Kota Masai, Johor, at around 11.30am on Wednesday (May 11).

"The suspect, in his 20s, was apprehended by bystanders at the scene after he tried to abduct a seven-year-old boy.

"A team of police personnel on patrol nearby went to the scene immediately and arrested the suspect," he said in a statement.

"Checks on the suspect found not only that he has a disabled person card stating that he is a mental patient but is also wanted by the police for a drug offence,” he said.

Comm Kamarul Zaman also said that the suspect, who tested positive for drugs, would be investigated under Section 363 of the Penal Code.

He added that initial investigations found that the victim had been walking back home alone after attending religious school.

The suspect had approached the victim and offered to give him a ride back home.

In a 60-second long video posted by Malay language portal Majoriti.com.my on the Facebook page, the driver can be heard asking the man if the child was his.

Unsatisfied with the suspect's answer, he then demanded that the suspect follow him to the nearby police station to which the suspect declined.

The suspect then tried to get away with the child. However, the driver of the car knocked him down to stop him.

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