Video Shows A Crowd Thrashing A Man Who Was Caught Snatching A Woman's Handbag In Kuching

He was caught and battered using tables and chairs by the public.

Cover image via BorneoPost Online/Youtube/SAYS

A man in Kuching who tried to commit a snatch crime in the broad daylight was caught and battered by the members of the public

Members of the public seen thrashing the suspected thief using chairs.

The incident happened at 9am on Thursday, 18 July, when the man snatched a woman's handbag from a coffee shop in Jalan Song

According to a report in the BorneoPost Online, the suspect came up to the woman who was having breakfast at the coffee shop and snatched her handbag that was placed on the chair beside her. He then tried to flee the scene on a motorcycle.

The victim gave a chase and tried to pull her handbag from the suspect which caused her to fall on the ground.
Awang Din Awang Gani, Police Chief ACP, Kuching District.

ACP Gani, who confirmed the incident, was reported by the BorneoPost Online saying that the woman then suffered light injuries to her hands and legs as a result of the fall.

The suspect's motorcycle collided with a car and he fell to the ground. Following which, he was caught by a group of men, who then surrounded the suspect and started pummeling him.

While the suspect can be seen trying to escape from being battered by the crowd, he was forced to surrender. The crowd then tied up his hands and feet with his own long sleeve t-shirt and belt.

Speaking about the incident, ACP Gani said that the suspect was arrested by police officers who were called to the scene

"A background search on the suspect also revealed that he has past criminal records for drugs and theft," he said, adding that they also seized suspect's motorcycle.

He revealed that the victim's handbag contained her personal documents, handphone, and some cash, which was retrieved by the police officers at the scene.

The suspect is being investigated under Section 392 of the Penal Code for robbery.

While the ACP praised the public for apprehending the suspect, he warned them to not go overboard when serving street justice

We praise the effort of the public in arresting the suspect in this case. However, the public should not go overboard when serving street justice.
ACP Awang Din Awang Gani.

According to him, a minimal force can be used to ensure that the suspect can be apprehended and arrested by the police for further action.

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