A 20-year-old boy was charged in court on Saturday (July 17) with armed robbery involving pain after allegedly attempting to rob a $100,000 man in Buangkok.
Police said they had been alerted to a case of robbery along Gerald Drive on July 13.
“Preliminary investigations have revealed that the victim was in contact with the seller of a so-called luxury watch through an online marketplace,” the police added.
By order of the seller, the victim was waiting by the said location when the man approached the victim and allegedly tried to rob him of cash in the amount of $100,000.
“The man was reportedly armed with a knife and during the robbery the victim resisted and suffered a cut on the left side of his face.”
The attacker fled without taking the victim’s valuables.
The victim was then taken to hospital and has since been discharged.
Through extensive ground investigation and using images from police and CCTV cameras, officers from the Ang Mo Kio Division identified the suspect and arrested him on July 15.
The young man was charged in court on July 17 with armed robbery involving pain, which carries a prison sentence of five to 20 years and at least 12 strokes of the cane.
Ang Mo Kio Division commander, Deputy Police Commissioner Zed Teo, praised the officers for their hard work and meticulous efforts that resulted in the suspect’s arrest.
He said: “The police will not tolerate such brutal acts. We will make every effort to track down those who commit violence and act resolutely against them in accordance with the law.”
Members of the public are advised not to carry large amounts of cash in public
During a robbery, citizens should remain calm, pay attention to the appearance and characteristics of the perpetrator and call the police as soon as possible.