SINGAPORE - A 17-year-old male teenager has been arrested for suspected involvement in two separate cases of outrage of modesty.
On Jan 20, a 15-year-old girl reported to the police that she was molested by an unidentified man. The incident occurred in a lift at Hougang Ave 8.
About two hours later, the police received another similar report involving a 12-year-old girl being molested in a lift at Hougang Ave 10.
Officers from the Hougang Neighbourhood Police Centre of Ang Mo Kio Police Division immediately investigated the two cases.
After establishing his identity, the suspect was arrested at Hougang Ave 8 on Jan 30 - within six hours after the reports were made.
He will be charged in court on Jan 31. If convicted, he faces a jail term up to two years and will be liable to caning.
Police advise the public to adopt the following crime prevention measures:
- Be aware and alert of your surroundings. If you see any suspicious character, or you suspect that you are being followed, remain calm and proceed to a crowded area or call the Police for assistance;
- Do not enter the lift with a stranger; and
- If you are molested, immediately shout for help or activate your shrill alarm. Take note of the description of the culprit, the direction and mode of escape taken by the culprit. Call '999' as soon as it is safe to do so.