SINGAPORE - Three people who were at the scene of the Nov 14 Raffles Place stabbing incident have been commended by the police for their public-spiritedness in a ceremony held at Central Police Division today.
Mr Wilson Benedict Lim Ye Xiang and Mr Mohamed Nazir S/O Abdul Rahiman had helped to detain the suspect along Chulia Street while Dr Jacqueline Yam Pei Fan provided medical assistance to the victim.
Mr Mohamed Nazir Abdul Rahiman, 28, who was on his way to a mosque for Friday prayers when he heard a woman scream for help, immediately tackled the man and pinned him down with an armlock at a grass patch outside UOB Plaza in Raffles Place.
The auditor with accounting firm KPMG told The New Paper in an earlier report that he then pressed his knee on the man's back to prevent him from moving and called the police on his phone.
The police said in a statement that with their assistance, the 39-year-old man was arrested. Cash amounting to $800,000 was also recovered.
Commander of Central Police Division, Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Police Daniel Tan said, "This case illustrates the close partnership between Police and the Community in fighting crime.
"The brave, selfless and civic-minded individuals truly deserve to be commended for playing an important role in assisting Police to arrest the suspect," he added.
The suspect had been charged in court on Nov 15 for the offence of armed robbery, which carries a jail term of up to 14 years and not less than 12 strokes of the cane, if convicted.