JOHOR BARU, Nov 3 — Police arrested six men, including a foreign national, for assaulting a teenager outside a restaurant at Jalan Datuk Abdullah Tahir here yesterday.
Johor Baru South police chief Assistant Commissioner Raub Selamat said the six male suspects, aged between 19 and 52, were detained and later arrested in several raids around the Larkin and Masai areas starting at 9.40pm last night.
“During the raids, police also confiscated items that were believed to have been used by the suspects in the assault, including a pistol, 20 rounds of ammunition, a firearm card as well as five mobile phones.
“Police are actively tracking down the remaining suspects who are also believed to be involved in the incident and all suspects are being investigated for rioting,” he said in a statement today.
The arrests came a day after the 19-year-old was set upon by a group of 10 men outside the restaurant while having drinks with a foreign woman he befriended on social media.
He said the victim had met the woman, who is in her 20s, at a restaurant in Jalan Datuk Abdullah Tahir.
Raub added that the foreign woman was believed to be the girlfriend of one of the suspects.
“Due to the victim being together with the woman in a restaurant, the suspect was unsatisfied and initiated the attack.
“The victim was then set upon by a group of men and was attacked physically as well as using various items as weapons, including chairs, tables and cooking utensils.
“As a result of the incident, the victim sustained injuries to his head, face, hands and feet. He was however treated at the Sultanah Aminah Hospital (HSA) as an outpatient,” he said.
The case is being investigated under Section 148 of the Penal Code for rioting and also Section 506 of the Penal Code for criminal intimidation.
It was reported early today that the male teen suffered injuries to his face, head and body from the 5.15am attack.
The incident was captured in a 30-second video and widely circulated on social media sites.