Video Shows A Man Violently Assaulting And Robbing A Woman Inside Taman Mutiara MRT Lift
In an incident that took place on Thursday, 14 February, and was caught on CCTV, a man violently assaulted a 48-year-old woman inside a lift at the Mass Rapid Transit's Taman Mutiara station in Cheras. He then fled with the victim's belongings and RM400 cash.
A 56-second-long clip of the 6.45am assault has since gone viral, sparking outrage.
The clip shows the robber, who escaped with the victim's purse, containing her ID, ATM cards, and RM400 cash, repeatedly punching and kicking the helpless woman.
In a statement today, 16 February, Kuala Lumpur Criminal Investigation Department head SAC Rusdi Mohd Isa said the suspect is believed to be a local.
At one point in the video, when the lift stops and its doors open, the suspect stopped hitting the victim and pretends to stand while holding her down in a corner. However, he then presses the button to close the lift doors and once again starts beating the victim.
He kicks and punches her several times. As the lift moves down a floor, the woman attempts to stand but is quickly kicked and punched by the man again.
The woman appears to beg the man to return her handbag, stretching her hands towards him, as he ransacks her belongings.
She continues to plead with the man to stop, waving her hands helplessly, as the man drops the bag after having fished out the woman's wallet and slips out of the lift.
The woman suffered multiple injuries during the assault
Kuala Lumpur CID chief Senior Asst Comm Rusdi Mohd Isa said the victim suffered multiple injuries to her body and bruises on her forehead, reported The Star Online.
"The victim received outpatient treatment at a nearby hospital," SAC Rusdi said.
Police have classified the case under Section 394 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing hurt while committing a robbery
"We are still tracking down the suspect. So far, we have recorded statements from three witnesses," SAC Rusdi was quoted as saying by The Star Online, urging anyone with information to contact the nearest police station as soon as possible.