Police nab suspected molester within two hours of crime

SINGAPORE - A 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of molesting a 19-year-old teenager, the police said in a statement on Monday.

At 12.20 am on March 2, a woman informed the police that she was molested by an unidentified man in a lift at Yishun Street 72. After extensive ground enquiries, the suspect was arrested at Yishun Avenue 4 at 1.50 am by officers from the Yishun South Neighbourhood Police Centre.

Preliminary investigations indicated that the suspect might have followed the victim after alighting together from a bus before committing the offence.

In the statement, the police said:

"Be aware and alert of your surroundings. If you see any suspicious character, or you suspect that you are being followed, remain calm and proceed to a crowded area or call the Police for assistance.

"Do not enter the lift with a stranger; and

"If you are molested, immediately shout for help or activate your shrill alarm. Take note of the description of the culprit, the direction and mode of escape taken by the culprit. Call 999 as soon as it is safe to do so.