KOTA KINABALU: A man upset that his ex-wife had failed to join him and his children for Hari Raya threatened to kill the kids.
In the 5pm incident, the 30-year-old suspect confined his daughters, aged four and five, in a room at a house in Kampung Suang Prai, Manggatal, near here yesterday.
He threatened to kill them by pointing a samurai sword at their necks.
Kota Kinabalu city police chief ACP M Chandra said the suspect was angry because his ex-wife, who is now in Johor, did not return home to celebrate Aidilfitri together.
Upon receiving the report from a cousin who had earlier tried to stop the suspect, police rushed to the scene.
They managed to persuade the suspect to surrender and not to harm his two children.
“A few minutes later, the suspect brought out his two children, unharmed and handed them over to a family member.
“The suspect then surrendered to the police,” Chandra said.
Police also seized weapons such as a 40cm samurai sword and a vegetable cutter.
The suspect tested positive for drugs.
He will be remanded until July 1 to facilitate investigations.