Snatch-thief leaves tourist victim ‘critical’ after fall

The Taiwanese tourist was walking on the pavement along the road next to the National Mosque when she fell victim to snatch thieves. (Facebook pic)

PETALING JAYA: Police are on the hunt for a motorcyclist who caused a Taiwanese tourist to be rushed to hospital in critical condition after a failed snatch-theft attempt in the vicinity of the National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur.

Forensic investigators were trying to identify the culprit through CCTV recordings, Dang Wangi police chief Shaharuddin Abdullah was reported as saying.

He said no suspect had been arrested thus far.

The woman, Liu Ling, 55, fell on the footpath and hit her head on the curb while making her way from the Islamic Arts Museum at Jalan Perdana to the mosque just before noon yesterday.

She suffered a 4cm gash on her head.

Security video showed a motorcyclist making a U-turn and riding on the pavement to approach the victim from behind. “He tried to snatch her bag, but failed as she had it slung around her body, and then fled the scene,” he said.

Liu, who has remained unconscious since then, is now on life-support at Kuala Lumpur Hospital. Emergency surgery was carried out to remove blood clots from her trauma wounds.

Shaharuddin said she had entered the country on April 15 and was travelling alone. Her family is expected to arrive within a day or two.

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