In a bizarre incident that unfolded on January 20, a 49-year-old man embarked on a series of alarming actions, ultimately leading to his arrest and hospitalization.
The Distress Call
According to The Straits Times and Shin Min Daily News, the tumultuous night commenced with a distress call to the police at Block 623 Hougang Avenue 8 at 8:05 pm on January 20. The nature of the call hinted at a situation demanding urgent intervention.
Preliminary investigations revealed a disturbing sequence of events. After allegedly arming himself with a knife in public, the man, who was wearing absolutely nothing at all, retreated to his residence at Block 626 Hougang Avenue 2. What followed was a refusal to allow police officers entry into his flat, intensifying the gravity of the situation.
The unfolding crisis took a dark turn as the clothes-less man armed himself not only with a knife but also with a chopper and a frying pan. Strikingly, he proceeded to climb onto the kitchen ledge before making his way to the roof of a connecting sheltered walkway, all while in a state of undress.
Recognizing the potential danger the man posed to himself, law enforcement agencies took swift action. Officers from the Special Operations Command, Crisis Negotiation Unit, and the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) mobilized to address the crisis and ensure public safety.
According to a report from Shin Min Daily News, a resident near the scene described a harrowing sight. The man, armed with a knife, was reportedly loitering near a coffee shop. Witnesses also noted that he was covered in blood, likely from scratches sustained while attempting to hide near tree branches on the roof of the sheltered walkway.
The confrontation reached a critical point, leading to a three-hour stand-off. Reports suggest that around midnight, the man was successfully subdued, but not without challenges.
Resolution and Arrest
Law enforcement secured the man after he fell from the roof of the sheltered walkway. Subsequently, he was arrested on charges of possessing an offensive weapon and appearing without any clothes in public. Furthermore, he was apprehended under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) Act.
Despite sustaining minor injuries, the man remained conscious as he was transported to the hospital. Fortunately, no other individuals were harmed during the incident. Police investigations are ongoing to unravel the underlying factors and circumstances that led to this unusual sequence of events.