2 men arrested after 5-hour stand-off with police, CNB in Ang Mo Kio

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SINGAPORE – Residents of a Housing Board block in Ang Mo Kio have been alarmed once they heard yelling and banging on doorways on Tuesday morning (March 22) as legislation enforcement officers took steps to finish a stand-off lasting 5 hours.

Two life security air packs have been additionally deployed by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) with its Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team on standby as a precautionary measure.

The air packs are sometimes used when there’s a threat of fall from peak.

The stand-off occurred at Block 508 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8 as two men, aged 52 and 53, locked themselves in the eighth-storey unit with their 77-year-old mom.

They had earlier refused to cooperate with Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) officers who have been on the unit to conduct an enforcement operation.

The police, who stated they obtained a name for help at 6.58am, instructed The Straits Times that officers from the elite Special Operations Command needed to finally power their manner in.

“It was assessed that the two men might pose a danger to themselves and their mother,” stated the police, who added that the men have been arrested at 11.55am.

Madam Fiza Hamzah, 32, stated she locked her home windows after officers instructed her what was happening.

The housewife, who lives on the ground beneath the affected unit, stated: “I went again inside my flat and locked my home windows in case they climbed down. 

“I have kids, so it would have been quite dangerous and the police were armed and they all looked very serious.”

The mom of two sons, aged eight and 9, added: “About 30 minutes before they were arrested, there was a lot of shouting. Then I heard the door being slammed.”

Chinese night paper Shin Min Daily News reported {that a} police officer was seen holding a protect and talking to the individuals contained in the unit on the door.

Residents stated CNB had raided the identical unit in 2016, which additionally sparked a stand-off. On March 31 that yr, a person locked himself and his mom in their flat. He was arrested after a 13-hour stand-off with the authorities.

It was reported then that he had threatened to kill himself and his mom.

Ms Nora Tan, 28, who lives on the ninth storey, was ending a college task at about 7.15am when she noticed a number of cops strolling in entrance of her entrance door. 

“Once I saw the officers assessing my neighbour’s home, I immediately suspected it was that same flat… At least this time it wasn’t overnight,” stated the psychology undergraduate.

The police stated officers from the Crisis Negotiation Unit have been additionally on the scene on Tuesday. The unit consists of psychologists who’re skilled in negotiation techniques.

The two men have been arrested for felony intimidation and suspected drug-related offences.

Investigations by the police and CNB are ongoing.

SCDF stated that because of the incident, one particular person was taken to Sengkang General Hospital, whereas one other particular person was assessed for minor accidents.

The particular person refused to be taken to hospital, added SCDF with out offering extra particulars.

When ST visited the flat on Tuesday afternoon, a lady who seemed to be in her 40s was sweeping the ground of the affected unit. She declined remark.

Ms Nadia Ahmad Samdin, an MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC, wrote on her Facebook web page that she and her crew have been on the bottom to verify in following the incident in her ward.

“We are working with local community stakeholders and organisations to try and assist the family through this difficult situation,” she stated, urging residents who need to get in contact to e-mail her at (*2*)

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