Published: Monday July 2, 2012 MYT 3:22:00 PM
Updated: Monday July 2, 2012 MYT 3:24:45 PM
Police looking for male suspect over attempted kidnapping of Singaporean family
JOHOR BARU: Police are on the look-out for a male suspect involved in the attempted kidnapping of a Singaporean family early Sunday morning.
Johor CID chief Senior Asst Comm II Datuk Amer Awal said that the suspect, who was believed to be armed with a pistol, drove with the family's white Nissan Sunny after he hijacked the car while the driver was out buying fruits along Jalan Susur Larkin at around 12.45am on Sunday.
It is learnt that the driver - Rita Zahara, 37, a former television journalist in Singapore - had gotten down from the vehicle and locked it before heading to a nearby stall to buy fruits.
She left her 19-year-old sister, her two children (aged 11 and 6) and her maid in the car.
Moments later, the kidnapper approached the vehicle and knocked on the window.
One of the passengers then unlocked the vehicle and the suspect quickly jumped into the driver's seat, threatened them with an object that looked like a pistol, and drove off with them inside.
On realising that her car was missing, Rita called her sister's mobile phone only to be greeted by the kidnapper who demanded money in return for her family.
The negotiations went on for a few hours and the suspect finally released the group and drove off with the car and valuables worth a total of S$80,000 (RM199,730.40).
SAC Amer said that the passengers were let off at a residential area in Ulu Tiram and were eventually helped by some residents there.
“None of the passengers were hurt during the incident and they have returned to Singapore,” he said.