A video showing a man scaling a high-rise apartment building to break into a residence in Johor has gone viral on Facebook
In a one-minute long video that SAYS sighted, the man can be seen scaling the building by pulling himself up through the balcony railings and stepping on condenser units of air conditioners.
He eventually hops into a residence's balcony before managing to open the glass door to enter the house.
It is believed that the man did the dangerous feat without any safety measure as no safety line was seen attached to him.
Many Facebook users dubbed the man 'Spider-Man', with some netizens claiming that desperation drove the man to commit the daredevil act.
Residents in the area saw the event unfold and managed to make a citizen's arrest of the man
According to Utusan Malaysia, the man began climbing from the 14th floor to the 18th floor before descending back to the 14th floor.
The fire and rescue department said they received a distress call to rescue a man at Aliff Residences in Tampoi, Johor Bahru at 4.30pm yesterday, 7 July.
When they arrived on the 19th floor of the building, they saw that members of the public had stopped the man, reported Free Malaysia Today.
Senior fire and rescue officer Nordatul Badrol Abd Rahman said 14 officers rushed to the scene. A fire truck, three ambulances, and three rapid intervention motorcycle units were also deployed.
The man was declared safe and the case was handed to the police at 5.11pm.
According to a police statement, the man has been identified as a 27-year-old with 18 criminal records. The suspect also tested positive for drugs in a urine test.
The case will be investigated under Section 448 of the Penal Code for trespassing into a house and Section 12 of the Dangerous Drugs Act for importing and exporting any dangerous drugs.
Meanwhile, a resident who was threatened by the man said they were terrified when they were confronted by the suspect at home
The resident, who declined to be named, said the suspect threatened to hurt them if they did not open the glass door, reported Utusan Malaysia.
"Coincidentally, the sliding door of my house was damaged. My son and I tried to close it from the inside while the thief tried to open it, threatening (us) that he had a gun," the victim said.
"How could we have anticipated that a thief can climb to such a high level from balcony to balcony of a condominium like this."
They added that the incident has left the family petrified as they had to prevent the sliding door from opening while being faced with threats.
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