9 Nov 2013

Baby Freddie

Baby Freddie found unharmed at Lake Titiwangsa
BY MUZLIZA MUSTAFA



Kidnapped British boy Freddie Joseph has been found unharmed at Lake Titiwangsa at 1.20pm.

Kuala Lumpur deputy criminal investigation department chief ACP Khairy Ahrasa confirmed the news.

Freddie, who is 20 months old, was taken to the Jalan Tun Razak police station, where he was reunited with his mother, Sarah Joseph, 38.

Freddie was snatched at 5.45pm from his house in Jalan Terasek 7, in Bangsar.

His mother suffered minor injuries following a tussle with the kidnappers.

Kuala Lumpur Criminal Investigation Department head Datuk Ku Chin Wah had said that Sarah had gone into the house after hearing some noise and left her son in the front porch.

However, when she came out, she saw a man grabbing her son and lunged at him while screaming for help. In the struggle which ensued, Sarah was injured in her right wrist.

A police source revealed that a neighbour attempted to intervene but backed off when the male suspect suddenly brandished a knife.

The two suspects escaped in a white Toyota Camry along with Freddie.

Police this morning was looking for leads into the incident. They are looking into the possibility that a black button found where the kidnappers' car was parked near Joseph's house could have come off one of the kidnapper's clothing.

It is understood that Sarah teaches English at a private college in Taman Tun Dr Ismail. Her boyfriend and Freddie's father, a Filipino, works abroad.

She lives alone at her house in Jalan Terasek 7 together with Freddie and a Filipino maid.

Police are investigating the possibility that the kidnapping may be because of Sarah's personal problems as she may know the suspects.


The case is being investigated under Section 3(1) of the Kidnapping Act 1961.

The case is reminiscent of Nayati Shamelin Moodliar, who was kidnapped in April 2012 while walking to the Mont Kiara International School.

The incident went viral within hours, gaining the attention of the international media.

The incident went viral within hours, gaining the attention of the international media.


The kidnappers agreed to a ransom with Nayati’s parents, Shamelin Moodliar and Janice Smith, after six days.

Nayati was released and reunited with his family after the RM300,000 ransom was paid.

Six men and a woman were later arrested by the police in Perak and Selangor.

However, the mastermind remains at large after fleeing to France following the incident.

Three men were charged in May last year at the Jalan Duta Magistrate Court in connection with Nayati's kidnapping.


Separately, a 28-year-old legal adviser was nearly kidnapped last August near the Jalan Maarof traffic lights.

She managed to fend off her attacker who was armed with a knife.

She later shared her ordeal on the Malaysian Crime Awareness Campaign Facebook page on August 13.

The incident occurred about 6pm and the victim claimed that her assailant had not attempted to grab her handphone or handbag.

She managed to escape from the vehicle, but the suspects fled towards the city centre. - November 9, 2013.

Source : The Malaysian Insider


Neighbours grateful for safe return of baby Freddie, as police continue surveillance
YISWAREE PALANSAMY



Baby Freddie’s neighbours expressed joy and relief at his return about 18 hours after he was abducted from his house in Bangsar yesterday.

Upon the arrival of Freddie and his mother Sarah Joseph at the family home, neighbours were seen greeting the family with tears of joy and hugs.

However, security remained tight as police continued to monitor the house.

Some two hours later Sarah and Freddie were whisked off to the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre at around 4.40pm for the baby to undergo a medical examination.

Sarah's brother Paul who spoke to the media later thanked those involved in the search for the toddler.

"We are just happy he is back. He is fine," he said.

The baby was found at Lake Titiwangsa this afternoon. He was originally found by lorry driver Hamid Md Isa, 57, who was passing by the area at about 12.20pm. Hamid said the boy looked exhausted and hungry.

Freddie was clad in the same green shirt and white pants he was wearing when he was abducted.

Another good samaritan, taxi driver Haris Mohd Nor, 48, who was also in the vicinity, bought some crackers and a packet drink for Freddie.

Bernama deputy editor-in-chief Datuk Zakaria Abdul Wahab, who was jogging at Lake Titiwangsa, saw the two men and a woman with the baby and notified Bernama with a photo of the baby to confirm his identity. Police arrived soon afterwards.

The drama of his kidnap unfolded about 5.45pm yesterday when Freddie was snatched from the front porch of his house.

Kuala Lumpur Criminal Investigation Department head Datuk Ku Chin Wah had said that Freddie's mother, Sarah Joseph, 38, had gone into the house after hearing some noise and left her son in the front porch.

When she came out, she saw a man grabbing her son and lunged at him while screaming for help. In the struggle which ensued, Sarah was injured in her right wrist.

A police source revealed that a neighbour attempted to intervene but backed off when the male suspect suddenly brandished a knife.

The two suspects escaped in a white Toyota Camry along with Freddie.

It is understood that Sarah teaches English at a private college in Taman Tun Dr Ismail. Her boyfriend and Freddie's father, a Filipino, works abroad.

She lives alone at her house in Jalan Terasek 7 together with Freddie and a Filipino maid.

The case is being investigated under Section 3(1) of the Kidnapping Act 1961. Police today released a preliminary photofit of a man wanted in the kidnapping case of 20 month-old toddler Freddie Joseph.

Kuala Lumpur Criminal Investigation Department chief Datuk Ku Chin Wah said the suspect is believed to be Asian with fair skin and short hair.

"He is believed to be in his 30s and 168cm tall," said Ku in a press conference held at Pantai police station today. - November 9, 2013

Source The Malaysian Insider

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