KOTA KINABALU: Police have denied that their personnel were involved in a robbery involving a Japanese tourist in Lorong Haji Yaacob, Kampung Air, here, yesterday.
Kota Kinabalu City police chief ACP M. Chandra said in the 3pm incident, the victim, Takashi Isihara, 34, who is the Asian Body Building Federation deputy president was robbed RM1,500, ¥10,000 (RM367.60) and US$65 (RM283.40) by a
group of men.
Chandra said Takashi had posted the footage and photos of the incident on social media sites, alleging police were part of it, but he actually misunderstood the presence of anti-narcotics officers who were at the scene on a drug raid, dubbed Ops Tapis.
The victim who had a meal at a restaurant in Kampung Air was approached by a woman and they chatted before she invited him to her room at the second floor of a shop lot.
“When they arrived, there were four men in the room, and one of them took his wallet. The victim and the suspects then went downstairs where an argument broke out between them as the victim asked the suspects to return his money,”
Chandra said in a statement today.
Attracted by the commotion, Chandra said, a group of policemen who happened to be there, approached them and one of them showed his badge.
“The policemen tried to obtain information from Takashi but failed because of communication problems,” he said.
Meanwhile, Chandra said police had arrested five people, aged between 20 and 34, including a woman early this morning and recovered RM1,400, ¥10,000 and US$65 cash.- BERNAMA