Six arrested in Malaysia over snatch theft murder of cook in Yong Peng

Tan Chi Ann was heading home on her motorcycle when the incident took place shortly after midnight.
Tan Chi Ann was heading home on her motorcycle when the incident took place shortly after midnight. PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

JOHOR BARU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Police have nabbed six men in connection with the snatch theft-cum-murder of a 47-year-old woman in Taman Sutera, Yong Peng, last week.

Johor police chief Comm Datuk Mohd Khalil Kader Mohd said police had initially detained two suspects hours after receiving the report pertaining to the murder of Tan Chi Ann on Feb 13.

"Further investigations then led us to arrest four more suspects, aged between 25 and 40 years," he said.

All the suspects have been remanded to assist with investigations.

Tan Chi Ann, a mother of three, was stabbed to death along Jalan Sutera 7 in Taman Sutera, Yong Peng, on Feb 13.

She was heading home on her motorcycle when the incident took place shortly after midnight. Local media said the cook had just finished her night shift at a restaurant in Yong Peng.

Based on CCTV footage, the police said the victim was approached by the suspects with one of them attempting to grab her handbag.

"She put up a fight and was stabbed in the process," Batu Pahat OCPD Asst Comm Abdul Wahib Musa said, adding that the handbag strap was found not far from the victim's motorcycle.

She was initially found alive by a passer-by at 1.25am and was rushed to Pantai Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries at 3am. She was stabbed several times in the chest.