A 25-year-old man who robbed a grocery shopowner with an accomplice tried to evade arrest by jumping into the sea off Gurney Drive here.
He managed to keep the police at bay for about an hour before surrendering due to exhaustion.
The duo had earlier robbed the grocery shopowner in Tanjong Tokong and sped away on their motorcycle.
Policemen on patrol gave chase and cornered them after 3km,
The accomplice, 22, was arrested while the robber jumped into the sea at about 1pm yesterday.
He was chased by more than 10 personnel from the police, Fire and Rescue Department and marine police.
Four marine police speedboats were also deployed.
The suspect managed to reach a fishing boat and tried to “hijack” it but the fisherman pushed him away after being alerted by the shouts of policemen.
The suspect then surrendered.
He and his accomplice were later brought to the Patani Road police station.
George Town OCPD Asst Comm Gan Kong Meng said that the robber had a drug record and both suspects’ urine had been sent for analysis. - The Star