IPOH: A 36-year-old man with previous mental health records ran amok while wielding two ‘parangs’ in Sungai Pari yesterday.
Ipoh Deputy Police Chief Supt Abdul Rani Alias said the man had earlier gone on a rampage at home on Jalan Leong Boon Swee and got hold of the weapons at about 5pm.
"His 56-year-old mother alerted the police fearing for her safety.
"Policemen rushed to the house and discovered the man who was holding the parangs and attempted to reason with him into letting them go.
"However, the man refused and ran out towards Sungai Pari, while our men gave him a chase.
"We took about one and a half hours to persuade the man before attempted to restrain him. There was a scuffle but fortunately, no one was injured in the process," he told a press conference after the district police monthly assembly today.
The man was subdued and arrested at about 7pm and the two parang measuring 72cm and 70cm, were seized.
He said the man had criminal record including two drug related offences and was previously admitted at Hospital Bahagia Ulu Kinta.
The case was investigated under Section 506 of the Penal Code for criminal intimidation and Section 6(1) of the Corrosive and Explosive Substances and Offensive Weapons Act 1958 for carrying offensive weapons in public places.
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