KUALA LUMPUR: Members of the public on Monday detained four Pakistani men who tried to rob a 53-year-old woman outside a bank in Taman Maluri, Cheras.
In the 5.30pm incident, the woman and her child had gone to the bank to deposit RM3,000 in cash into her account when the four smartly-dressed men began to crowd her.
Cheras police chief Assistant Commissioner Chong Kok Sin said the men launched their attack when the cash deposit machine rejected the woman's RM50 note.
"She was straightening out the rejected note when the men came and one of them suddenly grabbed the note, as if trying to help her.
"Suspecting something amiss, the victim took back the note while another man pressed the 'cancel' button on the machine causing it to cancel the entire transaction."
This, Chong said, resulted in the rest of the cash being rejected by the machine.
"Very quickly, one of the men grabbed the RM50 note again leading to a scuffle. While this was happening, another man grabbed the rejected cash from the machine and fled.
Passers-by who saw the incident immediately came to the woman's rescue and nabbed the suspects before handing them over to the police.
Chong said two of the suspects suffered head injuries following a scuffle with the public and have been sent to the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre for treatment.
He said the four suspects, aged between 21 and 37, have been remanded to facilitate investigations.