SANDAKAN August 25, 2011: A male bus passenger, believed to be an illegal immigrant, was apprehended by other passengers on suspicion of molesting a schoolgirl.
Acting district police chief Supt Fadzil Mohd Ali said the incident occurred on Tuesday around 4pm when the 20-year-old victim was travelling in the bus from the terminal near the Milimewa superstore here.
The 35-year-old suspect, who possessed no identity card, was seated next to the victim and had struck up a conversation with her when he placed one arm on her shoulder before groping her private parts, said Fadzil.
The suspect even tried to put his hand in the victim’s skirt, prompting the victim to scream, he said.
The other passengers came to the victim’s aid and apprehended the man, he said, adding that the case will be investigated under Section 354 of the Penal Code.
Fadzil expressed his gratitude to the passengers who helped the victim and apprehended the suspect.
“We hope the public will continue to give their cooperation in effort to reduce crime in Sandakan,” he said.
Meanwhile, a brave Hari Raya hawker singled-handedly apprehended a thief after he saw him stealing 20 T-shirts and 20 trousers from his stall near the bus terminal down town at 4am on Tuesday.
The hawker told the police that he was resting inside his car, parked near his stall. Suddenly, he heard a loud noise and woke up to investigate.
He saw the thief taking his shirts and trousers and about to make an escape.
He detained and handed him over to the police for investigation.