A police corporal was arrested on suspicion of robbery after a video showing three men forcefully hauling a woman out of a restaurant went viral on social media
All three men posed as police when they approached the woman eating at a restaurant in Pandan Perdana, Kuala Lumpur.
The 23-second video, that went viral on Monday, 24 August, shows two men wearing black T-shirts and trousers dragging a woman on the floor while she struggles and continuously screams for help.
Another man dressed in a white T-shirt can be seen sneaking away with a pink handbag that he takes from one of the men in black.
Towards the end of the video, a few people come forward to confront the suspects and the woman finally breaks free from their grip and runs aside.
The incident happened around 8pm on Sunday, 23 August
According to New Straits Times, this information has since been confirmed by Ampang Jaya deputy police chief Superintendent Mohd Azam Ismail, whose district is investigating the incident.
Initial checks found that the woman is a Chinese national while the three suspects are believed to be Malaysian citizens.
"The 29-year-old victim was having a drink with her friends at a restaurant at Jalan Pandan 3/10 when three men approached her and introduced themselves as policemen," the police chief said.
"They then grabbed her hands and dragged her toward the parking area nearby before passers-by intervened."
The video caption states that the restaurant patrons initially watched with hesitation as the robbers dragged her out of the premise because they believed the suspects were policemen on duty.
However, as soon as she started screaming for help, they sprung into action.
The three suspects ran but the onlookers managed to catch one of them and handed him over to the police.
The two others are still at large.
Mohd Azam said the first suspect caught by members of the public is a 46-year-old police corporal who was under suspension from work.
"The suspect will be remanded to assist further investigations," he said, adding that the police have already identified his two accomplices and are tracking them down.
Meanwhile, the police chief said that the victim lost about RM5,000 in cash and several items of make-up in her handbag.
"She did not sustain any injuries," he affirmed.
According to The Star, the case is being investigated under Section 395/397 of the Penal Code for gang robbery.