Molotov cocktail attack: 4 nabbed

Police have arrested four men, aged between 23 and 26, in connection with a case of mischief by fire involving the use of Molotov cocktails.

They received a call on Tuesday at 2.25am requesting assistance at an entertainment outlet in St James Power Station, police said in a statement.

At the scene, they discovered fragments of broken beer bottles and soot near the entrance of the outlet.

Investigations revealed that four bottles filled with petrol may have been lit and thrown by three unknown men who were then seen fleeing from the scene immediately after.

No one was injured.

The identity of the first suspect was established and he was arrested within 20 hours from the time the report was lodged.

The identities of the other accomplices were subsequently established and they were arrested in separate operations mounted yesterday and on Tuesday.

Preliminary investigations have revealed that the incident may have been an act of revenge arising from a previous dispute between one of the suspects and the staff of one of the entertainment outlets at St James Power Station.

All four suspects are expected to appear in court today.

Police are also looking for 26-year-old Tay Kai Long, Daryl, to assist with investigations into this case.

Rahimah Rashith

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 15, 2016, with the headline 'Molotov cocktail attack: 4 nabbed'. Print Edition | Subscribe