Police nab burglar who broke into Eunos Crescent flat and choked woman

A burglar stole into a second-storey flat at Block 8, Eunos Crescent, on July 24, 2016.
A burglar stole into a second-storey flat at Block 8, Eunos Crescent, on July 24, 2016.PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO
The suspect may have climbed in through a window with an old lock that was loose.
The suspect may have climbed in through a window with an old lock that was loose.PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

SINGAPORE - A 27-year-old woman was hurt after she struggled with a burglar who broke into her home in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The suspected burglar, who has been arrested, reportedly climbed up to the second storey of a low-rise HDB block on Eunos Crescent and entered through a window.

He climbed into the flat where the 27-year-old woman and her grandmother, 76, lived before 5.30am on Sunday morning.

It is believed that he gained access through a window that had no grilles. The lock on the window had also loosened with time, Lianhe Wanbao said.

The victim woke when she realised that a strange man had entered her bedroom, Shin Min Daily News reported.

He choked her with one hand when she tried to stop him, and hit her face, her grandmother recounted.

The victim then called her boyfriend,who alerted the police. She was taken to the Changi General Hospital, where the doctor said she had suffered a concussion, her grandmother told Lianhe Wanbao.

Meanwhile, the suspect took the granddaughter's wallet and mobile phone, and a purse belonging to the grandmother containing about $500 in cash.

The grandmother slept through the incident, waking up only when the police arrived, she told Shin Min.

Police said it received a call for assistance at Block 8, Eunos Crescent, at 5.39am on Sunday.

A 28-year-old man has been arrested and is currently assisting with investigations, police said.

It is understood the suspect was tracked when he answered a call to the phone he stole from the victim.