Toa Payoh 'curry powder' armed robbery suspect arrested

Police officers at the scene where the robbery took place. A jar containing curry powder (circled) was found at the staircase landing.
Police officers at the scene where the robbery took place. A jar containing curry powder (circled) was found at the staircase landing.PHOTO: WANBAO
A 62-year-old woman was punched in the face and robbed of her mobile phone and handbag in the lift.
A 62-year-old woman was punched in the face and robbed of her mobile phone and handbag in the lift.PHOTO: WANBAO

SINGAPORE - A 41-year-old man who allegedly threw curry powder at an elderly woman during an armed robbery at Toa Payoh last month has been arrested, said Police in a statement on Friday (Nov 13) night.

At 7.54pm on Oct 30, a 62-year-old woman reported to the Police that she had been assaulted and robbed of her handbag while in the lift at Block 110, Lorong 7 Toa Payoh.

The suspect was armed with a knife and had thrown curry powder contained in a transparent container at the victim during the robbery.

Police found the container at the scene.

Following the report, officers from the Tanglin Division conducted extensive ground enquiries and reviewed the police cameras in the vicinity.

They established the suspect's identity and arrested him on Thursday at Lorong 7 Toa Payoh.

A container similar to the one found at the crime scene was seized as a case exhibit.

The suspect will be charged in court on Saturday with the offence of armed robbery with hurt.

If convicted, he faces imprisonment of at least five and up to 20 years, and no fewer than 12 strokes of the cane.