The Bandra police on Monday arrested a repeat offender after he attempted to rob a flat in MTNL housing quarters in Bandra (West). The accused also slashed a watchman across his face when he tried to stop him.
A police source said that the accused Imran alias Matoon Chaudhari, 22, had entered the society around 2.30am by scaling the wall. He then got into a flat on the first floor through the window and picked up a phone from the bedroom. When he tried to open the cupboard, the noise woke up the owner Vijay Dhawale, 38, who works as a manager with MTNL. Dhawale raised an alarm and Chaudhari ran out of the flat and into the terrace.
The security guard and other residents rushed to the terrace along with Dhawale. Chaudhari tried to scale down the pipe but could not. He then started brandishing a knife as he tried to escape from the residents. When the watchman tried to grab him, he slashed him across the face with the knife but was soon overpowered by others and handed over to the Bandra police.
Assistant inspector Deepak Shinde from Bandra police station said the accused has been remanded to police custody for two days. He added that Chaudhari has seven cases of theft, robbery and hurt offences registered against him and was out on bail. The mobile phone worth Rs8,000 and the knife have been recovered.
Chaudhari has been booked for criminal trespass, theft, wrongful confinement and criminal intimidation.