KOTA KINABALU: City police have arrested two men who were captured on video attacking a Pakistani shop owner and his local wife near their shop here.
A clip lasting more than four minutes, which has gone viral on social media, shows the men setting upon the Pakistani, beating and stomping on him before switching their attention to the woman who tried to stop the attack.
Acting city police chief George Abd Rakman said police are looking for three other suspects involved in the violent attack at the Api-Api Centre here at 1am on June 2.
He said the Pakistani, 33, and his cousin had earlier met up with the owner of the apartment the cousin was renting to discuss rental payment issues. The apartment owner was accompanied by three women and a man.
One of the women took out a camera phone and started recording the conversation. This agitated the Pakistani who told her to stop filming because it was, according to him, worsening the situation.
Instead of stopping, the woman retaliated and berated the man, he added.
“Several minutes later, four men, including the father and brother of the apartment owner, arrived and charged at the Pakistani’s 42-year-old cousin,” George said.
The Pakistani then tried to break up the commotion but was himself assaulted by the group.
He tried to run back to the shop nearby for help but was brought down by his assailants. The group continued to attack him.
“The wife, 31, had by chance come down from their apartment above and saw the attack.
“She also attempted to break up the attack but three of the men, without any mercy, beat her up and also kicked her when she was on the ground,” he said.
Following the incident, George said police picked up the two suspects, aged 67 and 37, on Tuesday. They will be charged in court tomorrow for rioting.
Efforts are on-going to track down the remaining suspects, he said, urging those with information to contact the investigating officer Palani Nathan Pathmanathan at 016-412 2835.