Johor police have arrested two people over the murder of a man at a petrol station along Jalan Sri Pelangi at Taman Pelangi in Johor Bahru on Sunday, December 17. The suspects, a man and a woman have been detained by a special task force team in connection with the murder.
Earlier, it was said by Johor police that the deceased was an alleged underworld gang leader and the crime was the result of a rivalry between two triads, which are Chinese crime groups.
"We arrested two suspects, aged 19 and 22 years, on Wednesday at around 2.30 am to assist with the investigations," said Johor police chief Comm Datuk Mohd Khalil Kader Mohd, as reported by Star Online.
The attack had been recorded by a witness and the footage attracted widespread media attention, going viral on social media. It shows the victim being dragged into a white BMW which pulled up at the petrol station after the man had stopped there to get his car's tyres checked.
There were four suspects, who stabbed the victim and ran him over twice with their car. Following the incident, several rumours and stories associated with the murder began to surface on social media.
Khalil had addressed the public regarding this issue and requested them not to spread any fake news as it could affect their investigation, apart from causing public anxiety and confusion. This warning came after fake reports of the suspects having been arrested appeared all over the Internet.
On December 19, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had said that the crime was related to gang wars and the victim was part of a secret crime gang rivalry. Additional information surfaced about the crime, such as the fact that the suspects had used fake number plates while committing the crime. Reports say that the woman accompanying the victim on the fateful night, who says she is his wife, has claimed the body.