Man arrested in Ang Mo Kio flat after 13-hour stand-off with police

The man who locked himself and his mother in their Ang Mo Kio flat being led away by police.
The man who locked himself and his mother in their Ang Mo Kio flat being led away by police.PHOTO: SHIN MIN
Police officers outside the Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8 flat.
Police officers outside the Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8 flat.ST PHOTO: JALELAH ABU BAKER
The mother (centre) of the man who was arrested after a 13-hour stand-off with the police.
The mother (centre) of the man who was arrested after a 13-hour stand-off with the police.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
The part of the gate that was broken.
The part of the gate that was broken.ST PHOTO: JALELAH ABU BAKER
Police were seen taking photos of some knives, including a chopper (pictured).
Police were seen taking photos of some knives, including a chopper (pictured).ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
The inside of the flat where the stand-off occurred.
The inside of the flat where the stand-off occurred.PHOTO: SHIN MIN
An air bag placed at Blk 508, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8, on March 31, 2016.
An air bag placed at Blk 508, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8, on March 31, 2016.ST PHOTO: IAN CHENG
An ambulance seen near Block 508, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8, on March 31, 2016.
An ambulance seen near Block 508, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8, on March 31, 2016.ST PHOTO: IAN CHENG
The elite police units Star and Special Operations Command were activated during the incident.
The elite police units Star and Special Operations Command were activated during the incident. PHOTO: SHIN MIN
The elite police units Star and Special Operations Command were activated during the incident.
The elite police units Star and Special Operations Command were activated during the incident. PHOTO: SHIN MIN
The elite police units Star and Special Operations Command were activated during the incident.
The elite police units Star and Special Operations Command were activated during the incident. PHOTO: SHIN MIN

SINGAPORE - A man who locked himself and his mother in their Ang Mo Kio flat since Thursday (March 31) night has been arrested after a 13-hour stand-off with the police.

The police said they were alerted to the incident at Block 508, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8, on Thursday night when the man did not open the door to some Central Narcotics Bureau officers.

It is believed that he had threatened to kill himself and his mother.

The elite police units Star and Special Operations Command were then activated. Officers managed to break into the eighth-floor unit at about 10am on Friday (April 1).


Officers standing outside the Ang Mo Kio flat on Friday morning. PHOTO: SHIN MIN

Some residents from the floors below and above the flat were asked to evacuate.

Retiree Wee Lai Huat, 70, who lives next door, told The Straits Times that the man and his mother had been living in the unit for about eight years.

"They had a loud quarrel last year," he added.

It is believed that at least three knives were retrieved from the flat.

Neighbours said the man would sit at the staircase and talk to himself. They added that he could also be heard yelling every day.
 


Knives retrieved from the flat. PHOTO: SHIN MIN

The Singapore Civil Defence Force said that they were alerted to the incident at 9.05pm on Thursday. They set up a safety life air pack at the foot of the block and rescue nets at the front and back of the block as precautionary measures.

A spokesman added that no one requested medical attention.

The elderly woman who was held captive is now relieved, a relative said. The relative, who was seen helping to pack the house in gloves, did not want to be identified.