Man arrested after stealing fan, slashing cops

One of the cops showing his injured arm. He and his fellow cop had to receive seven stitches.

GEORGE TOWN: Police caught a man who stole a fan from a 24-hour clinic in Bayan Baru and stabbed two cops who attempted to arrest him last weekend.

In the June 29 incident, the 28-year-old man entered Klinik Joe Fernandez at 11.20pm, ripped out a wall-mounted fan and left on a motorcycle with an accomplice.

Police spotted the suspect not far from the clinic at 1.15am, after a report was lodged by one of the clinic’s workers.

The man whipped out a kerambit (a type of curved knife) and slashed the policemen trying to arrest him.

The cops, though not seriously hurt, sustained cuts on their arms.

The suspect fled on his motorcycle. Patrolling policemen spotted the suspect outside a fast-food restaurant near the Universiti Sains Malaysia campus entrance in Sungai Dua at 2.50am.

The suspect was arrested by the cops, who also seized his motorcycle and recovered the stolen fan.

When contacted, Southwest district police chief Supt A Anbalagan said the suspect confessed to stealing the fan and admitted to trying to attack the officers in an attempt to flee.

He said the two cops, a lance corporal and a constable, received seven stitches each to their arms at the hospital and were given outpatient treatment.

“The suspect has a long list of prior crimes, such as theft, house break-ins and drug-related cases,” he added.

Losses from the theft are estimated to be RM300. The case is being investigated for theft and attempted murder under the Penal Code.