A 60-year-old woman was held hostage yesterday morning by a man at knifepoint at Block 108 Yishun Ring Road, where she was dragged from the void deck to a coffeeshop at Block 110, before the man got pinned down by the police and arrested.
A witness spoke to MustShareNews and said that the victim was a regular at the coffeeshop, and one of the hawkers said that the victim visits the coffeeshop every day with her nephew.
On the day of the incident, the man was waiting for her at the lift lobby of her home before taking her hostage – they didn’t know each other.
One of the witnesses, 60-year-old hawker Norlinda Abdullah, saw the victim with a knife pressed against her throat on the day of the incident.
She said that “everything happened so fast” and nobody dared to intervene to help the woman until she collapsed and the police swooped in.
Norlinda then tended to the victim and comforted her as a doctor who was onsite treated her at the scene.
The victim told her that the man was hiding behind a wall and calling her from behind, and she hurriedly walked away but the man caught up with her.
She told him not to come near her as she doesn’t know him, and the man allegedly told her “I’m very sorry” before he grabbed her and held her at knifepoint.
The situation soon escalated and police officers who were patrolling nearby then responded to the incident without haste.