Suspect held in Geylang Bahru robbery

Suspect held in Geylang Bahru robbery

A 35-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday over Sunday's case where a woman was robbed in Geylang Bahru.

The suspect was captured in close-circuit television footage, a police spokesman said on Wednesday.

After an islandwide manhunt, the man was arrested at his workplace at Scotts Road at 3.25pm, where he was carrying out general contractual work. The spokesman said: "He had no chance to react when the officers swooped in on him swiftly."

The suspect was found to be carrying the victim's ATM and credit cards. A wrist watch believed to belong to the victim was seized from his Geylang Bahru home.


In the incident on Sunday afternoon, a man armed with a penknife jumped into a red hatchback in broad daylight after its driver, a 33-year-old woman, had stopped at a carpark near Block 57, Geylang Bahru.

The man had ordered her to drive to the upper deck of the carpark and had demanded her valuables.

The spokesman said the man robbed her of about $500 in Singapore and US currencies , an iPhone 5, a watch valued at $2,000, and bank cards. He even forced her to reveal her ATM cards' personal identification numbers to him.

He then used adhesive tape to bind her hands to the front passenger seat before fleeing on foot.

She managed to free herself and called the police with a mobile phone borrowed from a passer-by.

The suspect will be charged with armed robbery. If convicted, he can be jailed up to 10 years and given at least 12 strokes of the cane.

The Commander of Central Police Division, Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Police Daniel Tan, said: "There is no room for such brazen criminals in Singapore. The police will spare no effort to track them down and bring them to justice".

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