Police break into Toa Payoh flat after 2-hour stand-off with woman

A 33-year-old woman was apprehended and taken to hospital following a two-hour stand-off in Toa Payoh on Sunday afternoon (Nov 28).
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A 33-year-old woman was apprehended and taken to hospital following a two-hour stand-off in Toa Payoh on Sunday afternoon (Nov 28).

In response to a Stomp query, the police said they received a call for assistance at Block 235 Lorong 8 Toa Payoh at around 2.47pm.

When police officers arrived, the woman was found to have locked herself in her residential unit and had allegedly threatened to harm herself.

Stomp contributors Andrew and Watson shared videos showing officers at the scene.

The police said: "As it was assessed that the woman might pose a danger to herself, officers from Special Operations Command and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) were subsequently deployed to the scene."

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SCDF told Stomp that it received a call for assistance at around 4.20pm and deployed three safety life air packs.

Rescuers from the Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team were also deployed as a precautionary measure.

The police added: "In order to ensure safety of the woman, officers from the Special Operations Command, effected forced entry into the unit and apprehended the woman within two hours of activation."

The woman was apprehended under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) Act and was conscious when taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

SINGAPORE HELPLINES

  • Samaritans of Singapore: 1800-221-4444
  • Singapore Association for Mental Health: 1800-283-7019
  • Care Corner Counselling Centre (Mandarin): 1800-353-5800
  • Institute of Mental Health's Mental Health Helpline: 6389-2222
  • Silver Ribbon: 6386-1928