Friday, April 20th, 2007
Boutique owner taken for RM100,000 ride
By Raymond Tan
SIBU: Quick police response rescued on Monday night a boutique owner from her alleged kidnappers who had asked for M100,000 in ransom
A source said the 50-year-old victim was picked up by three men when she was closing her shop at Brooke Drive at 8 pm and then driven to Jalan Ding Lik Kwong.
Her kidnappers were said to have demanded for the ransom from the victims sister, who immediately called the police.
At this time, the three men were said to be at Jalan Ding Lik Kwong, where they had allegedly intended to confine the woman while waiting for the ransom.
The source said the kidnappers got wind of the police rescue plan and reacted by setting the woman free while they fled the scene.
According to the source, one of the kidnappers left on foot while the other two drove their car in the direction of the town.
It was learned that police were all over the town hunting for the kidnappers and very soon tracked down the two in their car at Jalan Maju. As the driver tried to escape in his car, his vehicle rammed into a stationary lorry and he was arrested.
The other kidnapper escaped by jumping into the river, but later was said to have surrendered himself to the police.
The two were remanded for seven days yesterday afternoon under Section 117 of the Criminal Procedure Code for further investigation.
Sibu police chief ACP Nicholas Sebastian could not be contacted for comment yesterday afternoon but reliable sources said the suspects could be just a group of friends who teamed up hoping to make quick cash.
The police have classified the case as kidnapping with intent to confine the victim under Section 365 of the Penal Code.
Police are still hunting for two more suspects, one of whom may be their leader who had orchestrated the crime.
In another development, police have tracked down the owner of the car used in the crime.
The owner was held in Song and was sent to Sibu to help in the investigation.
A source claimed that police did not rule out that the car owner might have left his car in a garage here for repair when the alleged kidnapping attempt occurred.