Caught in a daze

Caught in a daze

She was at Block 32, Chai Chee Avenue, when she heard people shouting nearby.

The woman, who only wanted to be known as Jane, went to investigate.

To her surprise, an arrest was taking place. And it was happening just metres away from an infant care centre.

She said: "I went down to the scene with the intention of getting them to quieten down, but I did not expect the commotion to stem from an arrest."

Jane said a man was being pinned down by two police officers and another man who was wearing a Singapore Red Cross T-shirt.

"He appeared to be in a daze when he was arrested," she said.

About 15 minutes into the arrest, another police vehicle arrived with several officers, who began to search the nearby drains.

INJURIES

When The New Paper arrived at the scene, we found the suspect, who was surrounded by several police officers, receiving treatment for injuries.

"He probably got injured while trying to run from the police," Jane said.

Another resident, who wished to be known only as Mei Hua, 50, said the suspect lived in the area. A familiar face in the neighbourhood, he would spend his days loitering around the nearby void decks and coffee shops.

"He will go around asking for money, claiming that he needs it to buy food. The people living here tend to ignore him," she said.

A police spokesman said they arrested the man, who is in his 40s, for drug-related offences while conducting foot patrols at Chai Chee Avenue.

An SCDF spokesman said they received a call for assistance at 1.42pm, and sent an ambulance to the scene.

"A man was sent to Changi General Hospital for injuries to his left thigh," the spokesman added.


This article was first published on January 16, 2015.
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