KUALA LUMPUR: A victim and the perpetrator died after an attempted robbery went awry in Taman Perindustrian Kepong here this morning.
In the 8.08am incident, the 50-year-old suspect died at the scene while the 48-year-old victim succumbed to his injuries at Sungai Buloh Hospital later. Both were foreign nationals.
Gombak police chief Assistant Commissioner Zainal Mohamed Mohamed said the District Police Operations Room received a MERS999 call from a member of the public who stumbled upon a man lying on the road covered in blood.
He said police found the unconscious 50-year-old male suspect lying on the road and holding a long sickle on the right hand.
Further investigations found that the incident unfolded when the suspect arrived at a nearby premises and engaged the victim in a conversation, before suddenly taking out the long sickle and attacking him several times.
He said the victim grabbed a plastic chair to defend himself, but the weapon used by the suspect struck the former's left thigh.
"After the fight, the suspect ran a distance of about 36 meters from the scene and collapsed on the road."
A medical officer from Sungai Buloh Hospital confirmed that the suspect had died at the scene.
"The victim was taken to Sungai Buloh Hospital for treatment, but he also died at 12.15pm. The motive is suspected to be attempted robbery that resulted in death of both suspect and victim," he said.
Zainal said the case would be considered closed as both the victim and suspect had died.