3 men grab suspected burglar in Bukit Batok

3 men grab suspected burglar in Bukit Batok
PHOTO: The Straits Times

Neighbours helped to catch a housebreaking suspect after he was seen running from an eighth-storey Bukit Batok flat.

Elderly care centre supervisor Wong Pi Xiang said he was getting ready for work on Wednesday morning when he heard something heavy landing in the corridor outside his flat.

Moments later, he heard shouts from the unit next door.

"I initially thought someone fell," he told The New Paper.

When he opened the door to investigate, he saw two of his neighbours pinning down a burly man.

"He was so aggressive, he broke a couple of flower pots outside my neighbour's house.

"I called the police and passed the phone to my sister so I could help," said Mr Wong, 31.

Police said Mr Wong's neighbour heard a loud noise at about 7.45am that day from the bedroom that faces the corridor.

When he went to check, he saw a man attempting to flee through the bedroom window. He shouted for help as he tried to grab the man.


Another resident on the same level, Mr Choh Sze Huat, rushed over to help.

The two neighbours managed to pin the man to the ground, but he was struggling violently.

Mr Wong rushed over and helped to control him.

He said: "He was strong too, because it took the three of us to pin him down."

A police spokesman said officers from Jurong Division responded to the call and arrested the suspect.

Two screwdrivers and two pieces of cloth were also seized.

Mr Wong, who was in the Singapore Police Force when he was serving his national service, said he has developed a reaction to calls for help.

"The police cannot be at every corner so it's very important for the community to stay vigilant because we can be first responders in times like this," he added.

The 39-year-old man will be charged in court today with housebreaking and theft by day.

If convicted, he can be jailed for up to 10 years and fined.

This article was first published on April 29, 2016.
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