Man charged with robbery at Chinatown hostel, accomplice arrested

Goh Soon Kim's alleged accomplice, Ng Chek Kiang Angelo (pictured), has been arrested after being on the run. The robbery is said to have taken place at S Inn Chinatown in Temple Street. PHOTOS: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE, ALPHONSUS CHERN

SINGAPORE - A 37-year-old man allegedly involved in a robbery at a hostel in Chinatown was charged in court on Saturday (Sept 25).

Goh Soon Kim, a Singaporean, is accused of robbing four victims of $1,000 in cash at S Inn Chinatown in Temple Street on Friday while armed with a flick knife.

His alleged accomplice, Ng Chek Kiang Angelo, 42, has also been arrested and is set to be charged with armed robbery with common intention on Tuesday (Sept 28).

In an earlier press release, the police said they were alerted to the incident on Friday at 3.15am.

The victims were not harmed.

Officers from Central Police Division and Tanglin Police Division arrested Goh at Lorong 1 Toa Payoh five hours later.

Ng was arrested at Hougang Avenue 5 at around 3pm on Saturday.

Goh is to be remanded at Central Police Division upon discharge from Singapore General Hospital. Court documents did not state why he was in hospital.

If convicted of robbery, Goh can be jailed for between three and 14 years and receive at least 12 strokes of the cane.

Ng's alleged offence carries the same maximum penalty.

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