Did 6 robbers just attack and stab a man at the Segambut KTM station in Kuala Lumpur?!
Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!
Updated @ 2023-05-07 : Added PDRM’s statement, as well as my clarification on the actual robbery.
Originally published @ 2023-05-06
Claim : Robbers Just Attacked Man At Segambut KTM Station!
People are sharing a video on WhatsApp, and social media, which claims to show a man get attacked and stabbed by 6 robbers at the Segambut KTM station.
Segambut. Public transport at night
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Truth : That’s Not Video Of Robbers Attacking Man In Segambut!
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created by circulating on WhatsApp and social media, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : Viral Video Was Recorded In 2022
While people are claiming that it just happened, but that’s not true. This video was recorded at around 10:30 PM on Sunday, 20 February 2022.
This is visible in the original CCTV video. The viral version being shared now intentionally cuts that out, so you won’t know it’s more than a year old!
Fact #2 : The Viral Robbery Happened In Brazil
The claim that this violent incident happened at the Segambut KTM station is utter nonsense.
Anyone who has been to any MRT / LRT / KTM station in Malaysia would readily point out that none of them have turnstiles like what’s seen in the viral video.
The incident actually happened at the Boiúna BRT station in Taquara, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Fact #3 : Victim Was Topping Up His Travel Card
Some people on social media claimed that the man was being robbed after he withdrew money from the ATM machine. That’s not true.
The victim was topping up his travel card at the BRT station, when two robbers came up the ramp to snatch his backpack.
When he fought back, a third robber hiding nearby came to assist the first two robbers. Then three more robbers jumped over the turnstiles from inside the station, and two of them proceeded to stab the victim with knives.
All six men then ran off, as the man stumbled backwards over the turnstile into the station.
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Fact #4 : The Victim Did Not Die
Some people on social media claimed that the victim died from the stabbings. That’s not true.
The man was injured during the robbery, but was taken to the Albert Schweitzer State Hospital in Realengo for treatment.
Fact #5 : Five Of The Robbers Were Arrested
Five of the robbers were detained by members of the public – two adult males aged 20 and 19, as well as three teenagers – two aged 17, and one aged 16.
Police officers later arrived to arrest the five robbers, and prevent the mob from lynching them. They also seized two knives that were used in the attack.
Fact #6 : Other People Were Robbed Too
This unfortunate man was not the only victim of this gang of. robbers that night. The BRT Operational Control Centre (CCO) raised the alarm when it spotted the gang robbing passengers.
BRT agents rushed to the scene, to find the victim who was just stabbed. Three of the victims later identified the five arrested robbers.
Fact #7 : PDRM Confirmed It’s Fake News
On Sunday, 7 May 2023, the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) confirmed that the viral robbery video occurred in Brazil, not Segambut in Kuala Lumpur as alleged.
Sentul police chief Assistant Commissioner Beh Eng Lai said that the 41-second video clip titled “Segambut. Public transport at night” was in fact footage from an incident in Brazil last month.
Note : As I shared above, the robbery actually happened last year, not last month. This was confirmed by Brazilian news reports, as well as the timestamp of the actual CCTV video.
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