A 67-year-old elderly man was reportedly robbed by 4 youths while on his way home at Jurong East from the hawker centre.
The incident happened on 13 July at about 6.15am, at Block 225A Jurong East Street 21.
The elderly man, Mr Chen, was walking home from the Yuhua Village Market and Food Centre when he was attacked and felt an impact on the back of his head.
Speaking to Lianhe Zaobao, Mr Chen said that he was stunned at the time, and he then turned around to see who attacked him.
It was at that time when someone tried to take his valuables from his shirt pocket, and he then used his hand to protect his pocket.
He told Zaobao that he saw about 4 people aged between 13 to 16 running away from the scene, mocking him as they fled.
He then followed them for about 500 metres after noticing them wearing same shorts and suspected that they were from a school nearby.
The teens then realised he was following them and attacked him with a broom, hitting the back of his head and knocking him onto the ground, and kicking his hand.
Chen said that he only had $6 in his wallet but the young robbers didn’t know, and that they were “young and strong, h ow could I possibly fight them off?”
He later made a police report and the four young robbers were identified in the police’s CCTV footage.
The youths were later arrested for theft and theft in dwelling, and will also be investigated for their assault on Mr Chen.