Shopowner and customer subdue lone gunman


KLANG: A bold move by a phone retailer and a customer at a mobile phone shop succeeded in fending off a robbery attempt.

North Klang police chief ACP Mohd Yusoff Mamat said in the incident at 4.30pm yesterday, a 44-year-old man tried to rob the shop at Taman Desa Permai 2 here by pretending to be a customer.

“The suspect then pulled out a Colt .45 semi-automatic pistol and pointed it at the shop owner in his 50s, ordering several customers in the shop to sit quietly.

“The suspect then demanded the shop owner hand over cash and mobile phones in the display cabinet,” he told reporters at the scene here.

According to him, when the suspect was busy choosing the telephones, the shop owner suddenly slammed the man’s head on the glass cabinet.

The suspect then fired one shot at the shop before getting out of the shop.

“The shop owner and a customer tried to apprehend the suspect outside the premises.

“A struggle ensued with the suspect firing several shots randomly which hit the ceiling and wall of a shop next door before he was overpowered.

“The shop owner and suspect were unhurt while a customer who assisted in the arrest had a cut in the hand,” he said.

He said further investigations found the suspect was wanted by police for a robbery case in Rawang and he had four previous records for robbery.

Mohd Yusoff added that police also recovered the suspect’s pistol and the case was being investigated under the Firearms (Increased Penalties) Act 1971.