Company director threatened with homemade bombs
Last Update: 05/11/2019
GEORGE TOWN, Nov 5 -- A company director faced anxious moments when three men broke into his house in Bukit Gambir yesterday, threatening to kill him and placing two dynamite like homemade bombs at the back entrance to the house.
Northeast district police chief ACP Che Zamani Che Awang said in the 7 pm incident, the 28-year-old man, who was also the director of a hotel here, was returning home and was about to open the gate when he saw three suspects climbing over his neighbour’s fence into his compound.
“The three men approached the victim and one of them brandished a knife pointing it at the director's abdomen before the suspect's friend said in Mandarin ‘we just want our money back,’” he said here today.
They then ordered the victim to open the door and instructed him to sit in the living room and kept pushing him for their money.
He said the three suspects, believed to be Chinese nationals, told the man that his father had deceived many investors before the victim informed them that they should look for his father because he had nothing to do with the investment company.
Ignoring the victim’s plea, the suspects then ordered the victim to download the investment application and register an account. They also ordered the victim to buy Bitcoin.
“Since, the account could not be activated, the suspects then forced the victim to transfer all his money from his account to their accounts. However, the victim informed them that the transaction limit was only RM10, 000 and had to go the bank to make further withdrawals,” he said.
The suspects then directed the victim to contact his father to ask for their investment money back but the call went unanswered.
Che Zaimani said the victim suggested contacting his mother’s driver as the driver could locate his father, and to avoid the continuous demands to transfer money.
“While one of the suspect was speaking to the driver, the victim screamed for help. The driver then rushed to the house to rescue the employer’s son,” he said.
The sudden presence of the driver shocked the suspects who tried to flee with a bag they had brought but both the victim and the driver prevented them from escaping before a fight ensued.
“The suspects fled in a blue Perodua Axia but left behind their bag and it is believed that they also placed two dynamite type bombs behind the victim's home,” he said, adding that the victim's wife contacted police at 9 pm to report the incident.
Police found the two bombs left at the back entrance of the house to be fake homemade bombs. The bomb disposal unit used robotics to remove and defuse the bombs,” he said, adding that no injuries or property damage was reported.
Police also seized various items belonging to the suspects in their bag, including a bottle of petrol, a paper cylinder containing cement and wires, iron modified into a switch, batteries, cement, knife and clothing.
According to Che Zaimani, police are on the hunt for the three suspects based on the closed-circuit camera footage on the incident recorded at the victim’s home.
The case is being investigated under Section 307 of the Penal Code for attempted murder and Section 8 of the Firearms Act 1960," he said.