A robber who demanded a woman's valuables at knifepoint fled empty-handed, but left his victim with a cut that needed 20 stitches.
The robbery happened on Monday at around 1.15am near Woodlands Drive 42.
An upset netizen shared his mum's ordeal on China's microblogging site Sina Weibo later that day, asking for eyewitnesses.
He wrote: "The robber was too cruel."
The netizen said that his mum, who is in her 50s, had just left her friend's home when a man ran on to the dimly-lit pathway she was walking on.
He held a knife to his mother's neck and wounded her before demanding cash.
The robber apparently told her: "Hand over your money, hand over your money, don't shout!"
However, his mother did not have much cash in her wallet, which held mostly cards.
The robber was not interested in her iPhone 4 either and fled empty-handed, reported Lianhe Wanbao.
According to his mother, the robber was dressed in black and was about 1.7m tall. He looked to be in his 20s.
After the robber fled, she met a young couple who were standing nearby.
They helped her hail a cab, and the taxi driver called the police and an ambulance.
When the netizen rushed down to meet his mother, the young couple had already left.
He said: "I'm very thankful that they stopped to help."
A Singapore Civil Defence Force spokesman said they received a call at about 1.20am. The victim was taken to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.
Her son said that she was in the operating theatre for three hours and her 10-cm-long wound required 20 stitches.
He was so worried that he cried while his mother was being operated on.
He wrote: "I can never forget how the wound looked like. I have never cried so hard before.
"I was so frightened that I felt weak in the knees."
His mother was discharged about 4pm the same day.
Police are investigating the case as a robbery with hurt. No arrests have been made so far.
This article was first published on Dec 11, 2014.
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