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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Abducted nurse fights off robbers in stolen vehicle

KOTA KINABALU - A staff nurse fought off two men who dragged her into their vehicle after failing to rob her of her handbag behind the CIMB Bank at Lorong Bank off Jalan Gaya here early yesterday morning.

The incident happened around 6.45 am when the 27-year-old nurse from Kota Marudu was walking behind the CIMB Bank car park to her workplace at Permai Polyclinic at Jalan Pantai when an unidentified man suddenly came out of a Proton Iris car to grab her handbag.

She resisted the attempt and refused to let go of her handbag, prompting the man to drag her into the back seat of the vehicle to flee from the scene with an accomplice.

While in the vehicle, the woman fought off the man and managed to open the car door. She even tried to escape from the moving vehicle when she dropped her handbag from her grip.

She continued to struggle to fight off the man and the driver of the car, and in the ensuing moments caused the car to lose control.

As a result, the car skidded on the road and went into the opposite lane, and rammed into an oncoming Toyota Hilux vehicle before hitting a concrete wall just in front of Suria Sabah shopping mall.

Both suspected robbers immediately fled the scene empty-handed leaving behind the car and the very much traumatized victim.

Members of the public immediately came to the woman’s aid. She then lodged a police report on the same day.

City police chief, ACP M. Chandra, said the victim was still shaken by the incident but is reported to be fine.

“I personally met her today and she is doing alright. She sustained some injuries to her hand and leg while putting up a fight with the suspects. She has been taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for outpatient treatment,” he said yesterday.

Chandra added that a manhunt had been launched for the suspects following the incident.

“Based on the description given by the victim, the suspects were in their late 20s and early 30s and were last seen wearing black T-shirts and dark trousers.

“No arrest has been made so far but police investigation revealed that the Proton Iris car used by the suspects was reported stolen about a week ago. Police is urging anyone who witnessed the incident or have any information on the case to come forward,” said Chandra.

The case would be investigated under Section 393 of the Penal Code for attempting to commit robbery, he said.

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