2 July, 2015
Thursday, July 2, 2015
THE Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) yesterday detained a 28-year-old local man suspected of molesting and attempting to kidnap an 11-year-old girl outside St Andrew’s School.
“The Women and Children Abuse Investigation Unit, Criminal Investigation Department of the Royal Brunei Police Force has apprehended a 28-year-old local Malay man that matches the description in relation to the attempted case of outraging modesty which occurred at St Andrew’s school,” the RBPF said in a statement issued last night.
“The concerted efforts amongst respective police departments as well as the help of witnesses led to the identification of the suspect.”
The manhunt began on Monday after a St Andrew’s School teacher filed a police report at the Central Police Station, describing how the suspect tried to force the 11-year-old female student into his car.
The girl managed to get away from the man and immediately informed a teacher who tried to give chase. The teacher also reported that the suspect touched the girl on her chest and tried to coerce another student into his vehicle.
News of the attempted kidnapping went viral on Tuesday after St Andrew’s School issued an advisory to all parents to be extra vigilant when dropping off and collecting their children from school.
The RBPF noted three similar incidents reported in the Belait district dating back to June 10, all taking place around the Panaga area. It added: “The Royal Brunei Police Force would like to take this opportunity to remind the public to be vigilant and work together with the police force for a safer Brunei.”
The Brunei Times