Man arrested after 4-hour stand-off

Man arrested after 4-hour stand-off
Singapore Civil Defence Force officers using a safety net as a precautionary measure at the Pasir Ris flat.

SINGAPORE- A man who caused a commotion in his third-storey unit sparked a four-hour stand-off with the police in Pasir Ris yesterday.

Residents said the 54-year-old man, clad in a white T-shirt and red shorts, was shouting from the window of a block at Pasir Ris Street 72 at around 7.15am yesterday.

When the police, who received a call at 7.16am, arrived, the man refused to let them in.

They finally broke into his unit and arrested him at 10.45am for drug-related offences.

Neighbours said the man, his wife and three daughters had lived there for about 10 years.

Two daughters are working and the youngest is still studying, Chinese evening daily Lianhe Wanbao reported.

When The New Paper went to the block yesterday evening, their next-door neighbour, who declined to be named, described them as friendly.

"We visit each other during New Year's," said the technician, 53. "I was surprised to hear the news.

Mr Ken Teo, 50, an air-freight operator who lives on the sixth storey, said that he saw the police and went downstairs to see what was going on.

He said: "I heard from a neighbour on the fourth storey that people were quarrelling before the police came."

A resident from the opposite block, civil servant Vincent Ramesh, 45, said he did not hear any shouting but there was a loud bang.

"I think the police broke the door down," he said.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force sent a fire engine, an ambulance and three support vehicles.

Its officers set up a safety life pack and a safety net as precautionary measures.

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