Man arrested after 3-hour stand-off with police after allegedly threatening tenants

Hannah Teoh
Senior Content Producer
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A 49-year-old man was arrested for committing a rash act when he locked himself in a flat and allegedly threatened his tenants on Wednesday (6 September).

According to media reports, the man allegedly threatened a Malaysian couple who were renting the unit at 1 Marsiling Drive when they wanted to move out.

On Monday night, the man had allegedly brandished a butter knife in front of the couple, identified as Lee Tong Way and Wong Siew Ying. The couple had been living in the unit for the past three years.

Afraid of the man’s actions, they spent Tuesday night at a relative’s home. When they returned on Wednesday to take their belongings from the unit, the man threatened to blow up the flat if they moved out.

The couple called the police and the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) were alerted at 1.30pm. SCDF said that because liquefied petroleum gas was present, they evacuated neighbouring units and set up a water jet.

They also deployed a life pack on the first storey and Disaster and Rescue Team rappellers were on standby. The man was arrested at about 4.30pm. Police investigations are ongoing.

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