PETALING JAYA: Three people, including an off-duty policeman, were seriously injured when an attempted robbery went awry at Sunway Mentari flats here on Wednesday night.
They were stabbed and slashed by four robbers armed with parang in the 11.30pm incident. The episode began when three of the robbers confronted a man and his wife as they were walking towards their car. One of the robbers slashed the man but the woman's screams alerted several people who rushed to the couple's aid.
The crowd managed to catch one of the robbers but the other two escaped. Just then, constable Omar Osman, 22, who was driving home from the Klang police headquarters, happened to be on the scene and stopped to investigate.
When the crowd explained what had happened, Omar took the robber into custody. At this point, the two robbers who had escaped returned with another accomplice and attacked Omar in a bid to rescue their friend.
Apart from Omar, another person was also slashed. The robbers fled in a car.
The three injured were sent to hospital, where their conditions are described to be serious but stable.