37-year-old man allegedly stabbed to death in Hougang after argument at coffee shop; 50-year-old suspect arrested

A knife was found by the police after an alleged stabbing at Block 23, Hougang Avenue 3, on Feb 25, 2016.
A knife was found by the police after an alleged stabbing at Block 23, Hougang Avenue 3, on Feb 25, 2016.PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS
Police conduct investigations after an alleged stabbing at Block 23, Hougang Avenue 3 on Feb 25, 2016.
Police conduct investigations after an alleged stabbing at Block 23, Hougang Avenue 3 on Feb 25, 2016.PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS
Police conduct investigations after an alleged stabbing at Block 23, Hougang Avenue 3, on Feb 25, 2016.
Police conduct investigations after an alleged stabbing at Block 23, Hougang Avenue 3, on Feb 25, 2016.PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS
Spots of blood found near the void deck of Block 23, Hougang Avenue 3, on Feb 25, 2016.
Spots of blood found near the void deck of Block 23, Hougang Avenue 3, on Feb 25, 2016.PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO
An injured man found at Block 23, Hougang Avenue 3, later died of his injuries in hospital on Feb 25, 2016.
An injured man found at Block 23, Hougang Avenue 3, later died of his injuries in hospital on Feb 25, 2016.PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO

SINGAPORE - A 37-year-old man, who was reportedly stabbed in the neck, died in hospital of his wounds on Thursday (Feb 25).

The man, identified by Lianhe Wanbao as Mr Ang Kim Keat, was found at Block 23, Hougang Avenue 3, on Thursday morning. Spots of blood were seen near the block, the paper reported.

Police said it received a call for help at about 2.14am, and found an injured man at the scene.

A 50-year-old man was arrested near Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 on the same day. 

Police did not reveal where exactly the victim was found. Shin Min Daily News, however, said the incident happened outside a coffee shop at Blk 23.

The victim apparently got into an argument with another man at the coffee shop over a staring incident before the alleged stabbing, according to the report.

An assistant at the coffee shop told Shin Min that Mr Ang came to order a drink late on Wednesday night. He was unhappy that the drinks stall had a self-service policy, and shouted at the assistant: "There's business, you don't want it?"

Just before he left, he caught the eye of an off-duty coffee shop employee, known to his colleagues by the nickname "Ah Beng".

Mr Ang asked Ah Beng "What are you staring at?" and left.

The coffee shop assistant said Ah Beng then went to the zi char stall to pick up something before following Mr Ang out of the coffee shop.

Only when the police arrived did Ah Beng's colleague realise that a man had died.

Mr Ang was taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital and was pronounced dead at 3.28am.

It is understood that he had a wound in his neck, Wanbao said.

On Thursday morning, police arrested Ah Beng. According to Ah Beng's girlfriend, police officers turned up at their home at around 4am.

Police officers conducted a massive search in the area, and a knife was found, Shin Min said.