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Armed robber arrested after cinematic chase in Dubai

Armed robber arrested after cinematic chase in Dubai

The suspect wearing a black mask tried to flee after armed robbery in Al Quoz office, attacking office secretary.

By Amira Agarib/principal Correspondent

Published: Tue 16 Jun 2015, 2:03 AM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 2:49 PM

Lt.-Gen. Shaikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior honoured police officers from Rashidiya and Al Quoz who arrested a person who tried to escape after a daylight armed robbery in an office in Al Quoz after a cinematic chase.

According to police sources, the man, wearing a black mask entered the company in Al Quoz Industrial Area.

The suspect threatened a Nepalese secretary of the office by holding a knife on her neck and demanded money. The police said the Operations Room of the Dubai Police received a call from the owner of the company complaining about the incident.

The complainant told the police that a person wearing black mask and gloves barged into the office and went near the counter. Suddenly he held the woman at the counter by neck using a knife and asked her to give him the money.

The owner of the company tried to negotiate with the attacker who later took Dh2,800 from him. However, he dragged the woman to a car parked outside and drove away after stabbing her.

The police reached the spot and took the woman to hospital who suffered minor injuries.

During investigation, the police found the car was stolen by the robber and located him in Al Nahda 2 area in Sharjah. The police chased the vehicle driven by the victim and in his bid to escape, he hit many vehicles including police cars. However, he was arrested and the police recovered the money from the car.

Police sources said the Syrian suspect had criminal record and he was involved in a number of theft cases. He confessed to the police that he planned the robbery at that time because he noticed that there would not be anybody other than the office staff in the company.

The suspect has been referred to the Dubai Public Prosecution. 

Major-General Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police congratulated the officers who risked their lives to arrest the suspect. 

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