KUALA LUMPUR: A man, believed to be the second suspect in a Puchong rape and robbery case caught on video, died in his bid to flee the police yesterday.
The 22-year-old man fell 12 floors to his death at a flat at the PPR Seri Semarak, last night.
Earlier, police had received a tip-off on the suspect's whereabouts. A team formed by the Selangor and Serdang Criminal Investigation Department visited the flat at 10.10pm.
Serdang district police chief Assistant Commissioner Megat Mohamad Aminuddin Megat Alias said despite repeated instructions by police to open the door, the flat's occupant was unresponsive.
This prompted police to force their way into the unit. A man and a woman were in the living area.
"However, the team heard noises coming from the kitchen. Upon checking, they found that the suspect was clinging on to the kitchen grill outside the flat," said Megat.
He said the suspect was believed to be trying to flee by climbing down to another floor.
"The team tried to persuade him to just come in, but he refused.
"The man suddenly lost his grip on the grill and fell."
Policemen rushed down to the ground floor and found the man in bad shape following the fall.
"He was alive, but in poor condition," said Megat.
An ambulance arrived 30 minutes later and rushed the suspect to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital.
He died at the hospital.
Wangsa Maju police have classified the case as sudden death.
On Sunday, police had arrested a 26-year-old man, believed to be the other suspect in the rape and robbery case.
The man was picked up at a house in Kuala Selangor and has since been remanded until May 20.
The suspects were believed to have been the perpetrators behind the rape/ robbery case at an illegal gambling den in Bandar Kinrara, Puchong.
CCTV images showed the two men taking turns to rape the outlet's female attendant. The disturbing video spread on social media, along with photos of the two suspects.