POLICE PURSUIT: Robbery suspects crash into car carrying 5 Thais
KUALA LUMPUR: A THAI woman is fighting for her life at Selayang Hospital after a gang of robbers fleeing from the police crashed into a car she and four of her compatriots were in.
The five robbers, aged 17 to 24, were trying to evade four police patrol cars in a pursuit which began yesterday in Rawang and ended in Segambut.
Gombak police chief Assistant Commissioner Abdul Rahim Abdullah said the five robbers suffered various injuries and had been sent to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital and Selayang Hospital.
The Thai woman, Narakamon Bunchuchuai, 25, is in the intensive care unit of Selayang Hospital. Her condition has been described as critical.
Two of the other four Thai women, Juraluk Pliansebua, 28, and Sureeratsiri, 22, are in stable condition and have been warded for observation.
The remaining two women, Preenuchsrima, 32, and Chutharat, 26, were discharged.
The drama unfolded about 4am when police patrols were alerted to an attempted robbery in Rawang by five men in a Proton Waja.
The suspects' vehicle was spotted after an all-points bulletin was issued and soon, a high-speed pursuit ensued.
At one point, there were four patrol cars in pursuit.
The chase came to an end when the suspects' vehicle crashed into a Proton Gen 2 in Segambut.
Abdul Rahim said two of the five suspects had previous convictions for gang robbery and causing hurt. The Proton Waja used by the suspects had been reported stolen in Desa Jaya on July 12.
"Police found four parang and a samurai sword inside the vehicle. Checks found the gang is wanted in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor for several armed robbery cases," he said.