Published: Sunday January 13, 2013 MYT 10:36:00 PM
Updated: Sunday January 13, 2013 MYT 11:07:52 PM
Teen: I endured four hours of terror with escaped prisoner
BUKIT MERTAJAM: A youth, who was held hostage Saturday night by one of the seven detainees who escaped from police custody last Monday, endured four hours of terror.
During the 'hostage' situation which began at 8.30pm, Mohd Khairul Anas Fazli, 20, was forced to accompany the detainee, Mohd Khairulnizam Abdul Rani, 26, to the homes of the latter's relatives at several locations in Sungai Bakap and Bukit Mertajam.
During the time, the fugitive rode Mohd Khairul Anas' motorcycle, with the hostage as pillion.
Recalling the incident, the victim said he was at a friend's house in Bukit Indera Muda about 8.30pm, when Mohd Khairulnizam, who incidentally knew the friend as well, kicked open the main door.
"He was quite aggressive when he entered the house. Wasting no time, he used the toilet before asking one of us to send him to his sister's house in Sungai Bakap.
"When we declined, he threatened to take away my motorcycle," said Mohd Khairul Anas when met here on Sunday.
He said Mohd Khairulnizam rode the motorcycle, with him as pillion, through Jalan Bukit Teh in Bukit Mertajam. However, he said he could not remember the rest of the route as it was surrounded by oil palm plantations.
"When we arrived in Sungai Bakap, the detainee's sister was not home. He then took me to his friend's house in Sungai Bakap, but that friend was also not home. We then turned back to Bukit Teh through Machang Bubok, to the homes of some of his relatives and friends in Bandar Perda and Bukit Mertajam. They too, were away.
"While many things crossed my mind, I did not dare shout for help because I feared he might harm me. However, when we arrived in Bukit Mertajam, I told him I wanted to ride the motorcycle and took him to Berapit, telling him it was safe to hide there," he said.
At that juncture, Mohd Khairul Anas, noticing the detainee's desperation to hide after six days on the run, said he told him that he wanted to surf the Internet at a cyber cafe (in Berapit).
"I promised the detainee I would pick him up later. He said he had no money, so I gave him RM5.
"I rode fast to the Kubang Semang police station and told the police the location of the detainee," he said. Mohd Khairulnizam was arrested at the cybercafe about 1.15am. - Bernama