Man, 54, arrested in Hougang after throwing items from HDB block and smashing cars

The 54-year-old man was eventually subdued by police and arrested in relation to a case of rash act. PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO

SINGAPORE - A 54-year-old man was arrested in Hougang on Friday (Oct 13) morning after allegedly throwing down objects from the fifth storey of a Housing Board block and smashing windscreens of vehicles in the carpark below.

The incident occurred around 8am at Block 620, Hougang Avenue 8, Lianhe Wanbao reported on Friday.

The man reportedly shoved the glass pane of a window down from the fifth floor where he lives, before going downstairs with the lid of a pot.

He used the lid to smash at least three vehicles parked at the open-air carpark at the foot of his block, The Straits Times understands.

Mr Wang Laifa, who lives in the next block, told Wanbao that he heard a ruckus and looked out of his window to see what happened.

The 60-year-old, who heads a restaurant, said: "I saw him smashing the kitchen window, and the glass shards fell downstairs. It was very dangerous so I immediately called the police."

Mr Wang said he heard the sound of something being smashed not long after that. He saw from above that the man had gone downstairs with a metal lid.

He said he saw the man using the lid to knock on vehicles at the carpark, leaving marks on three of them.

The windscreen of a lorry was cracked from the impact. PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO

Mr Wang called the police again. When they arrived, the man was in an agitated state, he said, facing off with the police for about half an hour before he was subdued.

The police told ST that they were alerted to a case of a rash act at that location at 8.07am.

A 54-year-old man was arrested in relation to the case, and police investigations are ongoing.

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