JOHOR BAHARU (Bernama) - The police have arrested a man for allegedly faking his own kidnapping in a bid to get a ransom of RM3,000 from his father, two weeks ago.
Johor Baharu South police chief ACP Zainuddin Yaacob said the 25-year-old man was found hiding in a house belonging to a couple in Taman Cahaya Masai barely 24 hours after a report on his abduction was lodged by his father on July 17.
"The 61-year-old father got a phone call from a man claiming to be a loan shark at about 9.50pm on July 17, telling him that his son had been abducted and demanded RM3,000 to secure his release.
"Upon investigation, the police raided the couple's house and found the man hiding inside. The man admitted that he had planned his own kidnapping so that he would get a ransom to pay off his debt," Zainuddin told reporters here today.
The police seized a mobile phone believed to be used to make the ransom demand, he said, adding that the man had been detained before to assist in investigations into a restaurant theft.
He said the man was being investigated under Section 384 of the Penal Code for alleged extortion.
In another case, Zainuddin said the police arrested a 17-year-old youth for allegedly extorted RM5,000 from a brother of his ex-lover last Friday.
He said the suspect was arrested in Taman Kim Teng here 2.05am after a 24-year-old man lodged a report that he received a threat at his home in Stulang Laut here at 12.25 pm on July 24.
"The suspect threatened to upload degrading video clips of his sister on the internet if the brother did not heed to his demand. The police seized a mobile phone from the suspect," said Zainuddin.
The suspect, who has no previous criminal records, has been remanded for four days to facilitate investigations into the case.