He and an accomplice stole the money from a man on his way to a wire-transfer centre, prosecutors say.
Man charged in bump-and-run theft of Dh42,500
He added that the bumps distracted him while KY grabbed the money from his pocket.
“I didn’t feel him while doing so, but moments later felt my pocket lighter,” he told prosecutors.
MK said he tried to catch the man, but KA was outrunning him, so he started screaming “thief, catch the thief!” Pedestrians chased KA and caught him few blocks away, then called police, records show.
Police did not find the money, and MK said KA must have given it to his accomplice, who remained at large, records show.
Police referred KA to prosecution after failing to identify and locate the other suspect, according to records.
The next hearing was scheduled for February 23.