SINGAPORE: A 28-year-old man was arrested for allegedly robbing a woman in Kovan, while also reportedly strangling her with an electrical cord.
In a police news release on Friday (Aug 5), the police said they were alerted to a case of armed robbery at Richards Place on Jul 30 at about 8.25pm.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the man had allegedly robbed the victim by demanding she hand over her money and valuables.
The woman handed over a Rolex watch, two diamond rings and a diamond bracelet "out of fear", said the police.
The suspect, who was allegedly armed with a knife, had also reportedly strangled the victim with an electrical cord.
Later, he allegedly brought the victim to an automated teller machine at Hougang Street 21 and demanded that she withdraws S$2,000. The man also allegedly demanded that the victim access her online banking account from her mobile phone, and transferred S$50,000 out of the account.
MAN ARRESTED ON AUG 5
Through intensive follow-up investigations, officers from the Ang Mo Kio, Bedok and Clementi Police Divisions, and officers from the Police Intelligence Department, established the identity of the man and arrested him on Aug 5.
One rolex watch, one diamond ring and cash amounting to S$300 were recovered. The Commercial Affairs Department also recovered more than S$47,000 from the bank account that received the transfer from the victim's account.
Commander of Ang Mo Kio Division, Assistant Commissioner of Police Zed Teo commended the officers involved in this operation for their swift response and recovery of the stolen items.
“The Police have zero tolerance towards those who commit brazen acts of crime and violence and will spare no effort in ensuring that offenders are swiftly apprehended and dealt with in accordance with the law," said AC Zed Teo.
The man will be charged on Saturday for an offence of armed robbery. The offence carries a jail term of between three to 14 years, and at least 12 strokes of the cane.