SEREMBAN: A suspected robber who had been shot in the thigh decided to hide in a coffin but it proved to be a dead giveaway the blood trail from his wound led police to his hiding place.
The suspect was among three men who had robbed and assaulted a pregnant woman at her home in Taman Impian, near Kuala Pilah, early yesterday morning.
The three, armed with machetes, then drove to Seremban in their getaway car which had been reported stolen in Klang on June 12.
A neighbour reported the incident to the police and gave a description of the robbers and the getaway car, including its registration number, state CID chief ACP Hamdan Majid said.
“The suspects were spotted by policemen in a patrol car as soon as they entered Seremban. They sped off when told to stop,” he said.
the suspects drove almost 300m against the traffic along a one-way street, narrowly missing other motorists.
ACP Hamdan said several patrol cars and traffic policemen also joined in the chase until the suspects were cornered at a dead end behind a mosque.
“One of the suspects then tried to forcefully take the motorcycle of one of the policemen. But another policeman shot him in the thigh,” he said.
Undeterred, the injured suspect ran towards a row of shops and hid inside one which sold coffins.
“Two others escaped and my men are scouring the area with officers from the canine unit,” ACP Hamdan said.
The injured suspect was a detainee at the Simpang Renggam detention centre from 2000 to 2006.
He was banished to Jeli in Kelantan for two years after that.
ACP Hamdan said police also found several weapons.
“We believe that the gold chains worth some RM3,000 are still with the suspects,” he said.
The case is being investigated under sections 394, 395 and 397 of the Penal Code for gang and armed robbery.
The woman, who is two months' pregnant, received outpatient treatment at the Kuala Pilah Hospital while the suspect was taken to the Tuanku Ja'afar Hospital here. - theStarOnline