Man charged with robbing 4 cabbies in 3 days

A jobless man was charged in court yesterday with a spate of four armed robberies of taxi drivers, which took place within three days last week.

Ng Kian Yong, 42, allegedly held a 20cm-long chopper to the cabbies' necks and demanded that they hand over their takings.

The police said yesterday that he was arrested last Friday after officers from the Bedok Police Division mounted operations and stakeouts at various locations.

He is believed to have flagged down the taxis around Geylang, Sims Avenue or Sims Drive and directed them to a nearby destination.

Upon arriving, Ng, who was in the back seat, allegedly took out the chopper and demanded that they hand over their money.

He is believed to have fled on foot after that.

Police nabbed him at around 10pm last Friday at Geylang Lorong 23, where he had allegedly robbed cabby Tay Lian Leong, 60, the previous day at 2.30am.

If convicted, he faces a jail term of up to 14 years and at least 12 strokes of the cane.


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