Four young lads detained for Skudai supermarket kidnapping

OHOR BAHRU, June 17: Police have arrested four youths aged between 15 and 20 in connection with the alleged kidnapping of three teenagers from a supermarket in Skudai, here on Saturday.

Johor Bahru Utara District police chief ACP Balveer Singh Mahindar Singh said they arrested the quartet at 8 pm on Sunday and seized the vehicle believed to have been used in the kidnapping besides recovering belongings of the victims.

He said the four suspects, including three juveniles, had been remanded for four days until June 20. The case is being investigated under Section 363 of the Penal Code (kidnapping), Section 324 of the Penal Code (causing hurt with weapons) and Section 506 of the Penal Code (criminal intimidation).

“Investigation is ongoing to identify the motive of the incident,” he said in a statement today.

At about 8 pm on June 15, three 14-year-old boys were abducted by a group of about 10 people, one of whom was known by the victim, using three cars and taken to a location that could not be determined.

Balveer Singh said the suspects beat them up and recorded nude pictures of them, in addition to threatening to spread the photos if they reported the incident.

The suspects then fled with the victims’ belongings before leaving them stranded at the scene.

The victims, who suffered bruises on their faces and hands, were rescued with the help of the public and were sent to hospital before lodging a report at the police station at 6.45 am on Sunday.