By: Aida Aziz
Teluk Intan: Two men have been arrested after being suspected of involvement in an armed robbery case and attempted murder of a police officer in Labu Kubong, here, yesterday.
The District Police Chief of Lower Perak, Assistant Commissioner Ahmad Adnan Basri, stated that the two suspects, aged 28 and 31, respectively, fled the scene in a red Myvi vehicle,driving recklessly.
He revealed that information about the armed robbery with a ‘parang’ (weapon) incident was received at 11:30 a.m. yesterday.
Police officers from the Criminal Investigation Division in Ipoh successfully tracked and followed the suspects from Ipoh to Kampung Gajah.
“Upon arrival there, the suspects became aware of the police’s presence and accelerated the vehicle they were in, resulting in their apprehension near a mosque in Labu Kubong.
“During the capture process, the suspects made a sudden U-turn and reversed their vehicle, colliding with the police vehicle.
“The police officers then exited their vehicle, and one of them attempted to open the rear door of the suspect’s car to apprehend the suspect sitting in the back.
“However, this attempt failed as the suspect drove off, recklessly dragging one of the officers,” he said in a statement to reporters on Tuesday.
In connection with this, Ahmad Adnan stated that the police had to fire a warning shot at the front windshield of the suspect’s vehicle in self-defence.
He explained that the suspect then drove the vehicle in reverse until it was blocked by another vehicle.
“While blocked, the suspect in the back of the car exited and attempted to flee but was eventually apprehended by the police. Another suspect, who was driving the vehicle forward and backward multiple times, managed to escape temporarily but was subsequently arrested again by the police in Kampung Rapat, Ipoh.
“The suspect who was driving the vehicle sustained an injury to the right shoulder due to the gunshot and is currently receiving treatment at Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital, Ipoh,” he said.
He shared that a check of the suspects’ records revealed that the driver of the vehicle had 24 previous offenses, while the other had 11 prior offenses.
Furthermore, the police also discovered a package suspected to contain heroin and equipment believed to have been used in the robbery incident.
He clarified that the case is being investigated under Section 307 of the Penal Code and Section 39 of the Arms Act 1960.