18-year-old wields scissors in shops at Bedok Mall, is detained by police

A broken scanner at a G2000 shop in Bedok Mall on Dec 27, 2017.
A broken scanner at a G2000 shop in Bedok Mall on Dec 27, 2017. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
The aftermath in The Body Shop at Bedok Mall on Dec 27, 2017.
The aftermath in The Body Shop at Bedok Mall on Dec 27, 2017. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

SINGAPORE - An 18-year-old who entered various shops in Bedok Mall wielding a pair of scissors on Wednesday (Dec 27) was arrested for public nuisance.

The police put out a notice on its Facebook page at 6.33pm saying that they were "attending to an incident at Bedok Mall".

A man has been detained and no one was injured, the police said.

The Straits Times understands that less than 10 stores were affected.

A 21-year-old student, who gave his name only as Mr Basyir, told ST that the incident occurred at around 5.30pm to 6pm.

"I saw a man screaming and shouting in shops in Bedok Mall, toppling and breaking stuff from shops," he said.

"I couldn't get a close view because I was 2m to 3m away from the incident. I saw a couple of men pinning him down at some watch shop. He did quite some damage to a couple of shops, including glass blinds."


A broken scanner at a G2000 shop. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

The police said in an update at 7.35pm that the 18-year-old man was found to be holding onto a pair of scissors and causing trouble at the mall. 


The Body Shop staff clean up products off the floor after the incident. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

"The man, who has a history of mental health problems, has been arrested for public nuisance," said the police. 

Bedok Mall's general manager Mustafa Abdul Rahim confirmed the incident, adding that it was extending its fullest cooperation to the police in their ongoing investigations.

He added that the affected stores would be open for business as usual on Thursday (Dec 28).