BUKIT MERTAJAM: Two men from Nepal have been arrested for allegedly molesting a female ride hailing driver at Jalan Song Bang Kheng yesterday afternoon, but not before they were roughened up by the public.
Police said the 27-year-old driver had picked up the two foreigners at Jalan Stesen about 5.30pm. They wanted to go to Taman Juru.
Seberang Prai Tengah district police chief Assistant Commissioner Nik Ros Azhan Nik Ab Hamid said: "Initially, the victim had asked both men to sit at the rear passenger seat.
"However, while on the move, one of the suspects, a 23-year-old man got up and tried to move to the front passenger seat. Due to safety concern, the victim asked him not to do it.
“She then stopped the car by the roadside and asked him to move to the front passenger seat before continuing the drive towards Jalan Song Bang Kheng.
“At this juncture, she said the man suddenly grabbed and kissed her hand before pulling her body towards him. He then proceeded to grope her breast.
“When he repeated the assault again, the victim threatened to drive them to the police station. He stopped,” he said.
Nik Ros Azhan said along the way, the other suspect, a 29-year-old man who was seated at the back passenger seat, vomitted.
“Suddenly, the younger suspect turned aggressive and started hugging the victim.
“She then immediately pulled up to the side of Jalan Bukit Minyak and asked the public to help,” he added.
He said both men were then caught by the public after a scuffle.
“A police MPV unit arrived shortly after and took both of them the Bukit Mertajam Hospital for treatment.” he added.
The case is investigated under Section 354 of the Penal Code.