KUALA LUMPUR, 17 Feb 2009: A suspected serial rapist, also believed to be a drug trafficker, was detained while he was seeking treatment at a hospital recently.
The 31-year-old man, who is high on the police wanted list, was detained on 11 Feb at the hospital where he was seeking treatment for burns.
Kuala Lumpur Crime Investigation chief Datuk Ku Chin Wah said police had been looking for the man, who was believed responsible for several rape and robbery cases reported in the Klang Valley last year.
“Initial investigations found that the suspect was a drug trafficker and used a stolen taxi to rob and rape his victims.
“Last week, his stolen taxi was set alight by a group of men who also set him on fire in Cheras. However, the suspect managed to save himself and went to seek treatment at a hospital,” he told a press conference here today.
He said the man was detained at the hospital following information from the public.
A photo-fit of the man was distributed to the public last week following reports lodged by two victims who claimed the suspect raped them, he added.
Ku believed that many others who had fallen victims to the suspect had yet to lodge their reports and urged them to do so to assist police investigations by calling 03-2146 6689.
In another development, Ku said police would take stern action against individuals who sent false messages through the short messaging service (SMS).
The latest was a SMS by a mother seeking public assistance to find her daughter, who was said to be kidnapped in Cheras, he added.
He said, following checks, it was found that the message was false and that it was an act by a group of school students,” he added. — Bernama