Mumbai: Duo chase down robber trying to flee with their car
On foot for two kilometres and then in an autorickshaw, friends didn’t lose sight of the accused, who panicked and dashed the vehicle into a divider
Abdul Majid Mohammed Sheikh (42) walks up to Mohammed Sayyad Shafiq Sayyad (35) and Nasim Khan (26) and robs them of their valuables, including car keys
This robber bit off more than he could chew when he tried to escape in the victims’ car. The two, who had initially been scared into a shock, recovered their bearings and successfully chased him down, to not only get their vehicle and belongings back, but also get him arrested.
After Sheikh flees with the car, the two friends muster up courage and start chasing him; seeing them follow, he panics and dashes the vehicle into a divider
The incident happened in Tilak Nagar on the Ghatkopar-Mankhurd Link Road yesterday.
Mohammed Sayyad Shafiq Sayyad (35), a resident of Shivaji Nagar and an Internet service provider, was at dinner with his friend Nasim Khan (26) at Udipi Bar. After finishing, they came out of the eatery and stood chatting, when a man approached them and demanded all their possessions. Scared, Sayyad gave away his money and mobile phone, and just as the robber was leaving, handed over the keys to his car to Khan while emptying his pocket. The robber then demanded the keys as well and Khan handed them over.
Sayyad and Khan reach the accident spot and try to overpower the robber and get their belongings back, but Sheikh attacks them with a chopper
As the robber ran towards the car and got in to make his escape, something probably snapped in the two and they decided to fight him out. They started chasing him on foot, seeing which he accelerated. After running for almost two kilometres, Khan hailed an autorickshaw and they continued chasing him. And at Bainganwadi signal it all unraveled.
Passers-by, who hear the commotion, rush to help the two friends, who together manage to subdue the accused and hand him over to the Deonar police
The accused’s desperate attempt to reach Mankhurd and take the Sion-Panvel Highway to get out of the city limit failed as, in his panic, he hit the divider at the signal.
The two reached and tried to overpower him but were attacked with a chopper. Witnessing the commotion, passers-by ran to help. They nabbed the robber and handed him over to the Deonar police, who transferred the case to the Tilak Nagar police, as it happened in their jurisdiction.
Senior Inspector Vijay Khaire said, “We have arrested Abdul Majid Mohammed Sheikh (42) under IPC sections 394 (voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery), 397 (robbery or dacoity, with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt), 427 (mischief causing damage). A history-sheeter, he is a resident of Bandra and often visits Shivaji Nagar.”