A gang of eight Filipinos who allegedly robbed a 40-year-old man of 7,000 ringgit (US$1,785) in cash and a mobile phone by attacking him with pepper spray in Selangor state, Malaysia, on Sunday were arrested within 24 hours of the incident.

When the victim withdrew 7,000 ringgit from a bank at Pusat Bandar Puchong, it drew the gang’s attention, Sin Chew Daily (Malaysia) reported.

As the man approached Tesco Puchong Hypermarket, one of the suspects pretended to be sick and fall down, prompting the victim to come forward to help, but he was attacked with pepper spray.

The group successfully took the man’s cash and mobile phone from his pocket, and fled.

Despite the attack, the man was able to chase the robbers and caught one of them, said the Serdang district police chief.

The 40-year-old arrestee led police to his seven accomplices, all Filipinos, including three women aged between 25 and 50, the next day at several bus stations in Kuala Lumpur city center.

They were attempting to board buses to escape to Thailand but were arrested.

According to the police, this gang is suspected of being responsible for at least five other similar cases with the use of pepper spray.