KUALA LUMPUR: A Yemeni student who allegedly rammed his car into an individual suspected of having stolen his bag had overreacted, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Noor Rashid Ibrahim said today.
He said in the incident at Seri Kembangan early yesterday, the victim of the snatch theft had gone beyond the limits and rights of self-defence.
He said that a citizen’s arrest can be made, but it cannot result in death.
“In this case, it was a simple theft. In his quest to get back his belongings, he resorted to doing this.
“In my opinion, the student overreacted. We have arrested him and he is currently under remand,” he said after launching the Malaysian police song and handing over the Malaysian Police Sports Council flag in conjunction with the World Police and Fire Games 2017 to be held in Los Angeles.
Noor Rashid was asked to comment on the incident in which a suspected thief who snatched the bag of a Yemeni man at a restaurant in Seri Kembangan, was killed in the ensuing chase by the victim of the theft.
He said the case was being investigated under Section 304 of the Penal Code for culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
“We will give due consideration in our recommendations to the deputy public prosecutor. We have to be fair to both the deceased and the Yemeni student,” he said.
Bernama reported that in the 3.30am incident the 25-year-old suspect had fled on a Yamaha 125z motorcycle.
He was chased by the victim in a Proton Preve for some 3km.
Serdang ACP police chief Megat Mohd Aminuddin Megat Alias said that on reaching the Pangsapuri One South traffic light junction, the victim in his 20s rammed his car into the suspect’s motorcycle.
The suspect died of head injuries and the stolen bag was found on him, Megat said.
He said preliminary investigations showed the suspect had a criminal record.
The body was sent to the Serdang Hospital.