KUALA LUMPUR: Police arrested seven men in connection with the murder of a 28-year-old security guard at a hotel in Jalan Bukit Ceylon last Saturday.

Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Azmi Abu Kassim said the suspects, aged 18 to 26, were nabbed in raids in Jalan Kuching on Saturday (July 31) and a residence in Bangsar South on Sunday (Aug 1).

“Initial investigations revealed that the suspects were involved in a scam syndicate while the victim is believed to be the mule account holder for the syndicate,” he said in a media conference at the Kuala Lumpur Police Contingent Headquarters here today.

He said the victim’s wife had lodged a police report last Friday after failing to contact her husband since July 29 and claimed that he was at a condominium in Jalan Kuching.

Following the report, the police went to the location and rescued four men and a woman, all locals, who were holed up in the condominium unit.

Azmi said further investigations led the police to a hotel room in Jalan Bukit Ceylon where they found the body of the local man reported missing, believed to have been murdered.

“Checks on CCTV recordings at the hotel revealed that five individuals had entered the room together with the victim. Police later conducted raids in Jalan Kuching and at a residence in Bangsar South and arrested the seven suspects,” he said.

He added that police also seized 34 bank cards, 35 SIM cards, 31 mobile phones, a laptop, an air gun, a motorcycle and a car from the suspects.

All the suspects have been remanded until Aug 6 to assist investigations under Section 302 of the Penal Code and the motive of the murder is still being investigated, he said. — Bernama