SEREMBAN: A woman, her three children and a friend had a harrowing experience when a man armed with a parang jumped into their multipurpose vehicle and drove off yesterday.
He, however, dropped them off 300m from the Senawang toll plaza near here.
Rohana Ali, 51, her three children, aged between 10 and 14, and a friend, 17, did not have time to get out of their Nissan Grand Livina when the man entered the vehicle.
The incident happened when her husband stopped to refuel at the Seremban Jaya Shell station.
The husband, Mohd Sahat Tumpang, 48, said he had gone into the station to pay for the petrol.
"When I was at the payment counter, I heard my 15-year-old son, who had managed to get out of the MPV, yelling that they were being robbed.
"I ran out only to see a man driving off in my MPV towards the Senawang toll plaza."
He said everything happened so fast that he was unable to do anything, except to call 999 for help.
Sahat, of Taman Tuanku Ja'afar here, said at that time, a police patrol car drove into the station and he informed them of what had happened.
"I was later informed that my wife and the four children were dropped off by the road, near the Senawang toll plaza.
"The suspect was seen driving towards Kuala Lumpur. My wife lost her handbag with some money and personal documents."
Rohana, who was visibly shaken by the experience, said the man was armed with a parang and had ordered them to sit still and be quiet.
She said except for one of her sons who managed to get out of the vehicle before the man locked the doors, the rest of them were trapped inside.
"The man drove towards the toll plaza, collected the ticket and asked us to get out of the vehicle by the road.
"I am thankful that we are safe although we have lost our MPV," Rohana said, adding that they had lodged a police report.