Man charged over Boon Lay armed robbery attempt

Sheikh Md Razan being taken back to the crime scene on Thursday. He had allegedly wielded a gun-like object and a knife, and threatened to blow up the pawnshop with an explosive device on July 28.
Sheikh Md Razan being taken back to the crime scene on Thursday. He had allegedly wielded a gun-like object and a knife, and threatened to blow up the pawnshop with an explosive device on July 28.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

Bangladeshi former construction worker was arrested after five-day manhunt

A former construction worker was taken to court yesterday for his alleged involvement in a robbery attempt at a pawnshop outside Boon Lay MRT station last weekend.

Bangladeshi Sheikh Md Razan, 29, was charged with one count each of attempted armed robbery and being armed with a black "gun-like object" to commit the offence.

According to court documents, he allegedly wielded the black object and a cleaver with a 21cm blade in the robbery attempt at the ValueMax pawnshop at 4.33pm on July 28. Razan, who appeared in court via video link from the Central Police Division, told District Judge Christopher Goh that he was drunk that day. Speaking through an interpreter yesterday, he added: "I didn't show a knife or gun. I only showed them a 'bomb'."

He was arrested in Muscat Street in Kampong Glam on Wednesday after a five-day manhunt.

The robbery attempt took place on July 28 when a man wearing a turban barged into the ValueMax pawnshop, armed with a knife and a replica of a gun, which turned out to be made of plastic.

When the pawnshop workers refused to hand over their valuables, he allegedly threatened to blow up the shop with an explosive device.

The man is then said to have flung an object onto a counter before fleeing empty-handed.

 
 

The staff immediately tossed the object out of the shop and called police. No one was injured in the incident and the object was found to contain electrical components.

The robbery attempt led to the temporary closure of one of the exits at Boon Lay MRT station. Trains also bypassed the station.

The Straits Times had earlier reported that the man then fled to a block of flats in Jurong West.

There, he got rid of his clothes and turban, which had been used as part of his disguise.

An eagle-eyed resident at the block later noticed a backpack containing the disguise hidden behind several potted plants, and the police were alerted. Officers later managed to identify the man from police cameras at the block. Earlier reports stated the manhunt involved officers from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Police Intelligence Department, Special Operations Command and the six Police Land Divisions.

Deputy Commissioner of Police for investigation and intelligence Florence Chua, who is also the CID director, said in a statement: "This case required meticulous police work and the combined and coordinated efforts of officers from various Singapore Police Force units, working tirelessly round the clock to pursue all available leads to successfully arrest the man."

Razan is now remanded at Central Police Division and will be back in court next Friday.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 04, 2018, with the headline 'Man charged over Boon Lay armed robbery attempt'. Print Edition | Subscribe