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10 Suspects Held Over House Break-Ins And Murder Of 71-Year-Old Retiree In Bangsar

The retired MARDI researcher sustained slash wounds to his neck and body while trying to fend off the burglars.

Cover image via Malaysia Gazette & Harian Metro

Police have arrested 10 suspects believed to be involved in two house break-ins and the murder of a 71-year-old man in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday morning, 29 November

Bernama reported that the same suspects are believed to be involved in the robberies of a double-storey bungalow in Bukit Bandaraya, Bangsar as well as another home in Taman Tiara Titiwangsa, Setapak in the same morning.

The deceased, Datuk Dr Wan Hassan Wan Embong, was a retired researcher and director of Malaysian Agriculture Research and Development Institute (MARDI).

He died after sustaining slash wounds to the neck and body while allegedly trying to fend off the burglars during the 3am home invasion.

Datuk Dr Wan Hassan Wan Embong.

Image via Harian Metro

In the first break and entry in Bangsar, Brickfields police chief ACP Anuar Omar said at least two suspects were believed to have caused a power outage before sneaking in through the kitchen window

According to New Straits Times, Dr Wan Hassan and his 70-year-old wife were roused from their sleep and went downstairs to check on the noise.

The intruders, who were armed with machetes, then threatened the elderly couple to hand over their valuables.

The retired researcher tried to fight off the assailants but sustained fatal wounds and died at the scene. Meanwhile, his wife was slashed in the shoulder and was later admitted to Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) for treatment.

The suspects fled with the victims' valuables through the back. The value of the stolen belongings has yet to be established.

Image via Berita Harian

Some two hours later, the suspects proceeded to rob a second house belonging to a 34-year-old engineer in Setapak

Kuala Lumpur Criminal Investigation Department (CID) chief SAC Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abdul Hamid said the suspects used a similar modus operandi for the second break-in, which took place at 5.15am.

However, according to Berita Harian, this time the 14 occupants of the house, consisting of the engineer's family members and one maid, were tied up with cable wires and had their mouths gagged with pieces of cloth.

"They ransacked all the rooms and ran away with two television sets, three laptops, two handphones, gold necklaces and bracelets, and RM3,500 in cash," said the CID chief.

Following initial investigations, the police have arrested 10 suspects related to the robberies-cum-murder last night

"Yes, we have arrested 10 individuals last night, including the main suspects," said ACP Anuar Omar, when contacted by New Straits Times today, 30 November.

"Investigations are ongoing under several sections of the Penal Code, including for murder and burglary."

Anuar Omar added that the police found a government pension card belonging to Dr Wan Hassan on the road outside of the second home and they have collected fingerprints from both crime scenes for further investigation.

According to him, more details of the arrests will be announced by Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Saiful Azly Kamaruddin in a press conference later today.

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