VIDEO IS EXTREMELY GRAPHIC. VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED
KUALA LUMPUR: A woman was brutally assaulted and robbed in a lift at the Mass Rapid Transit’s (MRT) Taman Mutiara station in Cheras here, on Thursday.
The shockingly violent 6.45am incident was captured by a closed circuit television camera (CCTV), and a video clip of the attack has gone viral on social media.
The 56-second footage shows that the robber was a man wearing a black t-shirt and jeans.
In a statement on Friday, City Criminal Investigations Department chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Rusdi Mohd Isa said that the 48-year-old woman suffered injuries to her forehead in the attack.
“The suspect escaped with the victim’s purse, containing her ID and ATM cards, as well as RM400 cash,” he added.
Rusdi said that all efforts are focused on identifying the suspect and that the case is being investigated under Section 394 of the Penal Code.
“Police have also recorded statements from three witnesses,” he added.
The CCTV footage opens with the woman entering the lift, followed closely by the man.
The moment the lift doors close, the man lands a powerful right hook on the side of the woman’s head, which floors her instantly.
He punches her several more times, drags her across the floor, before grabbing her handbag. The woman is also seen wearing a backpack.
The woman attempts to hold on to her handbag, which leads to another round of punches and kicks by the man.
At 0:24, the elevator doors open at one of the station’s floors, and the man pins the woman to the side of the elevator, standing still so as not to attract attention while waiting for the doors to close again.
As the doors close, the man kicks and punches the woman several more times, and even beats the woman with her own bag.
As the lift moves down a floor, the woman attempts to stand – but is quickly kicked and punched.
The woman appears to beg the man to return her handbag, stretching her hands towards him, as he ransacks her belongings.
She continues to plead with the man to stop, waving her hands helplessly – but the doors open at another floor, and the man drops the bag after having fished out the woman’s wallet and slips out of the elevator, slowly pursued by the woman.