A 13-year-old boy reportedly attempted to stab an elderly an e-hailing driver with a knife after a disagreement over fare repayment, resulting in a brief scuffle before the boy fled the scene. The incident occurred yesterday in Kuala Muda District, Sungai Petani, Kedah.
Assistant Commissioner Zaidy Che Hassan, the Kuala Muda District Police Chief, detailed that the elderly e-hailing driver received a passenger request through the Grab app at 5:43 PM to pick up the 13-year-old boy at Lorong Taman Keladi.
The journey took a contentious turn when the boy asked to borrow RM50 for rent during the ride to Bandar Sri Astana. The driver advised that without payment, he would have to drop off the boy. Despite this, the passenger insisted on going to his residence in Bandar Sri Astana to retrieve the money for the fare.
Upon arriving, the boy handed RM18 to the driver but then diverted the route, further delaying the journey through various side streets. The driver then requested an additional RM9, receiving RM20 from the passenger before dropping him off.
However, upon trying to return the remaining change to the boy, a confrontation arose. Allegedly, the 13-year-old brandished a knife and attempted to take money from the driver's pocket. In self-defense, the elderly driver managed to disarm the boy by seizing the knife and biting his hand, prompting the boy to flee the scene.
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Law enforcement officers successfully recovered a 25-centimeter black-handled knife that the boy left behind at the location.
Fortunately, the e-hailing driver sustained no injuries during the altercation.
The boy was apprehended at 10 pm last night, two hours after the driver reported the incident to the police. Preliminary urine tests confirmed the boy was not under the influence of drugs and had no prior criminal record. The case is currently under investigation under Section 393 of the Penal Code, and the boy has been remanded to assist with inquiries.
Source: Berita Harian