IPOH: A 26-year-old suspect was recaptured two hours after he escaped from police custody at the court complex here on Tuesday.
Ipoh OCPD Asst Comm Sum Chang Keong said that A. Kaliswaran had escaped after he was charged with possessing stolen items and failing to produce a MyKad.
ACP Sum said that Kaliswaran was handcuffed with 22 other detainees when he escaped.
“All 23 were being escorted from the court lockup to a police truck to be sent to the Taiping prison when the incident happened at about 4.45pm,” he said.
ACP Sum added that Kaliswaran managed to free himself and then rammed into three police officers before climbing over the fence and running into bushes near the Ipoh railway station.
He added that the suspect was being brought back to jail as he was unable to afford the RM4,000 bail set by the court.
ACP Sum also said that police are still investigating why he was in a river near the courthouse and refused to comment if the suspect was only wearing his underwear when caught as a photo purporting to be of the suspect in his underwear has gone viral on social media.
“We are investigating if there is any negligence on the part of the policemen,” he added.
The case is being investigated under Section 223 of the Penal Code for negligence by a public servant.-thestar