When Madam Jenny Leong left her flat for her regular morning exercise yesterday, she saw two policemen at the first storey of her HDB block.
The 67-year-old housewife, who lives at Block 142, Toa Payoh Lorong 2, thought the officers were patrolling the estate.
She later found out from a neighbour that a trail of blood had been found.
But she did not realise that something serious had happened until this reporter told her that someone had been slashed.
A visibly shocked Madam Leong said: "What a terrible thing to happen. It has always been peaceful in this estate."
Chinese evening daily Lianhe Wanbao reported that the trail of blood started near the stairs of a lift landing at Block 142.
It led to the void deck of Block 138C at The Peak @ Toa Payoh and continued to the walkway next to the block before ending at a grass patch.
The trail was about 50m long.
When The New Paper visited the scene at about 5pm yesterday, some bloodstains were still visible.
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it received a call at 4am yesterday asking for assistance at Block 150, Toa Payoh Lorong 1.
This block is about 500m from where the blood trail ended.
An SCDF spokesman said a man in his 40s was taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital with slash wounds on his arm.
Residents TNP spoke to were not overly worried over the incident.
Ms Sim Yi Hong, 25, an administrative assistant, who has been living in the estate for five years, said: "I have been staying here without any issues so far. I don't think anything like this will happen again."
Retiree Lim Kim Hiong, 68, said in Mandarin: "This is probably a one-off incident, but I will feel more at peace if the attacker is caught."
The police are investigating.
This article was first published on January 9, 2015.
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