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Carjacking case suspect held; car recovered

Published on: Friday, April 11, 2014

Kota Kinabalu: Police have apprehended one of the suspects in Wednesday's carjacking that involved a 23-year-old woman being taken on a terror ride before jumping out of her own car to escape the ordeal.

City Police Chief ACP Jauteh Dikun on Thursday said with the arrest of a 30-year-old local man here, police also recovered the Myvi belonging to the woman.

"Mobilising all our men, we arrested the carjacker about 11am at the shop blocks of Universiti Apartment.

"Having interrogated the man, he led us to where they abandoned the car, at CKS Menggatal, where knives were also found, believed used by them," he told reporters here.

Jauteh, who credited the arrest to a public tip-off, noted the carjacker was a former convict with narcotic offences against him.

They are now on a manhunt for the accomplice, a 40-year-old local, who has gone into hiding, while trying to establish whether the duo had any connection to a similar incident that happened on April 7.

It was reported previously that an 8-year-old-boy was driven away in a Toyota Vios after his mother had left him inside the car with the engine running to buy some bread from a nearby vendor in Asia City.

The car was found abandoned 6km away later the same day.

In the instance of the 23-year-old woman, who had just taken delivery of her Myvi car, she turned up early for work to avoid the morning rush hour because she has not mastered driving.

The woman was parking her car at Likas Plaza around 6am when the two carjackers suddenly showed up and shoved her back into her car.

They then took her on an 8km terror ride as she put up a fight, before jumping out of her car along Jalan Sulaman, sustaining minor injuries as she rolled onto the road.

Jauteh said the police are all out to solve the case, saying they are determined to restore public confidence.