Thursday October 11, 2012
Robber cabbie arrested
By AUSTIN CAMOENS
KUALA LUMPUR: An alert off-duty police inspector managed to detain a taxi driver, who had earlier robbed a labourer of his savings and left him stranded along the Maju Expressway.
The taxi driver and two “passengers” robbed the 27-year-old man, who took the cab in the city centre and was headed back to his home in Kajang.
The 30-year-old inspector from the Bukit Aman Narcotics Crime Investigations Department spotted the man frantically waving for help from a road shoulder at around 10pm on Tuesday.
The man told the inspector he had been robbed and had been left by the road following the incident.
The inspector went after the taxi on his motorcycle and caught up with it several kilometres away.
City CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Ku Chin Wah said the inspector managed to stop the taxi near KM9.4 on the same expressway.
“He got into a scuffle with the taxi driver but managed to restrain him and grab the car keys from the ignition.
“The other two managed to flee the scene,” he told a press conference at the city police headquarters yesterday.
He said the man was robbed of about RM3,000 at knife point by the two passengers before he was forced out of the cab.
“The police inspector's quick thinking led to the arrest of the 35-year-old taxi driver,” he said.
SAC Ku advised the public not to get into taxis if they were already occupied with other passengers.
He urged anyone with information on the case to contact the police hotline at 03-2115 9999 or visit the nearest police station.