A hair saloon owner, her five-year-old son and her maid were brutally murdered by two robbers at their single-storey corner-lot house in Taman Pinji Seni in Ipoh at 2.45pm today. However, one of the robbers, a 26-year-old suspected drug addict with a long criminal record, was nabbed minutes by a friend of the victims who happened to be nearby.
The victims have been idenitifed as Wah Ya Matzi, 42, Ermin Denish, five, and Indonesian maid only known as Dani, 18. Three other children, two girls and a boy, and Wah Ya's husband, Jaffri Tajul Aripin, 47, a bank officer, was not in the house during the crime.
Perak Police chief Datuk Zulkifli Abdullah said the suspect was under the influence of drugs and had previous criminal record when he committed the murder-robbery at 2.45pm.
The passer-by was driving near the victims' house when he saw his friend looking very distressed. The wife had called the husband when the robbery was in progress and he rushed home.
At this juncture, the friend spotted the suspect climbing over the gate and tried to escape in a motorcycle. On seeing the commotion he chased the suspect in his car and cornered him not far from the house.He also caught the suspect before calling the police. The suspect had been remanded. Investigation revealed a laptop was missing from the house. Police are still trying to ascertain whether other valuables were taken.