Police have arrested two men, aged 32 and 30, for their involvement in two cases of armed robbery at fast-food restaurants.
In the first case, on 16 April 2011 at about 1am, police received a call informing of a case of armed robbery at a fast-food restaurant located at Esplanade X-change. A man entered the restaurant on the pretext of conducting maintenance work. Soon after, he confronted the lone female staff, aged 35, with a knife. She was forced to open the safe and was thereafter tied up. The woman eventually managed to free herself and call for help. About $7000 in cash was taken from the safe.
In the second case yesterday, 8 June 2011 at about 7.30am, Police received a call informing that a woman was held at knife point by a man demanding money at a fast-food restaurant along Anson Road . A man wearing a surgical mask entered the restaurant, held a female staff, aged 61, in a headlock, and held a knife to her neck. The man demanded that a male staff member hand over all the money inside the safe. At this juncture, another female staff witnessed the incident and ran away to seek help. This startled the robber who fled empty-handed. The restaurant staff gave chase but eventually lost sight of him.
Officers from Central Police Division immediately responded to the incident. Through follow-up investigations, the identity of the suspect was established. On 8 June 2011 at about 10.30pm , the 32-year-old suspect was detained at Changi Airport as he was attempting to leave the country. Today, 9 June at about 11.15am , the 30-year-old suspect was arrested in the vicinity of Marina Bay.
The 32-year-old suspect will be charged in Court on 10 June 2011 for Attempt to Commit Armed Robbery under Section 393 read with Section 397 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224. If convicted, he faces imprisonment of up to seven years and not less than 18 strokes of the cane. Investigations against the 30-year-old suspect are ongoing.
Commander of Central Police Division, Assistant Commissioner of Police (AC) Tan Hung Hooi, commended his officers for their perseverance and good investigation follow-up which led to the successful arrests. He added that Police will come down hard on those who blatantly disregard the law and resort to violent means to commit robbery.