Teen arrested for allegedly hurling ofo bike from 30th floor

A screenshot of the video that went viral, showing someone throwing an ofo bicycle from an HDB block.
A screenshot of the video that went viral, showing someone throwing an ofo bicycle from an HDB block.

14-year-old boy said to be living in Whampoa block where act was filmed

Police have arrested a teenager who allegedly threw a bicycle down from a Housing Board block in the wee hours of Thursday morning.

The Straits Times understands that the 14-year-old had dropped the ofo bike from the 30th floor of the block in Whampoa. He is believed to be living in the block.

In the 13-second video of the act, which was widely circulated on social media, a male voice is heard saying "this is not my... fault".

This is the latest in a spate of incidents involving the abuse of shared bicycles. Since three bike-sharing companies - ofo, oBike and MoBike - launched in Singapore earlier this year, there have been photographs of their two-wheelers being repainted, stashed outside flats or thrown in canals.

The companies have since adopted measures to curb bad behaviour and educate the public.

The 14-year-old was arrested on the same day he allegedly committed the act, and is believed to be "involved in a case of rash act", said the police in a statement yesterday. Investigations are ongoing.

When The Straits Times visited his home at Block 116B, Jalan Tenteram yesterday, no one opened the door. But neighbours said they saw the yellow ofo bike parked next to the rubbish chute on the 30th floor for many days before the incident.

This is the latest in a spate of incidents involving the abuse of shared bicycles. Since three bike-sharing companies - ofo, oBike and MoBike - launched in Singapore earlier this year, there have been photographs of their two-wheelers being repainted, stashed outside flats or thrown in canals.

"It was there for over 10 days," said housewife Zu Xiao Lian, 30. "I saw it downstairs at first, but a day later, it was by the rubbish chute.

"It was spoilt. I wondered why (someone) brought it up."

Madam Zu said she had also seen the teen loitering at the staircase with other teens. "The boys would get quite loud sometimes," she said, adding that the teen's family moved in last year.

While she heard a loud crash on the day of the incident, she did not investigate the cause.

"Thankfully, the bike didn't hit anyone. It's scary that it fell from this height," added Madam Zu.

Another neighbour, an 85-year-old retiree who declined to be named, said he saw the teen leave the bicycle by the rubbish chute one day at around 10pm.

"It was there for quite a while," he added.

A person convicted of a rash act could be jailed for up to six months and fined up to $2,500.

The police said they take "a serious view of such dangerous acts that endanger the lives of others and will take swift action against the perpetrators".

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 17, 2017, with the headline 'Teen arrested for allegedly hurling ofo bike from 30th floor'. Print Edition | Subscribe