Singapore – A group of men reportedly robbed a man of more than S$30,000 during a planned meeting at a fast food outlet in Jurong Point.
A video of the incident was posted on Instagram page SG News Daily on Jan 21, showing a man in a brown shirt dashing out of a Subway outlet at Jurong Point.
The man held some items in his hand while running out of the outlet.
He passed by two GrabFood riders who looked at him in bewilderment. One of the riders held out his hand, questioning what was happening.
According to Chinese newspaper Shin Min Daily News, the 39-year-old victim agreed to meet the group at the Subway outlet on Monday evening (Jan 17).
The victim reportedly planned to hand over S$30,000 to the group. However, the sum was eventually stolen from him by the same men he met.
The victim also suffered injuries due to the robbery.
Details as to what happened between the two parties leading up to the theft remain unclear.
On Friday (Jan 20), five of the six men involved were charged for robbery and voluntarily causing hurt.
The group comprised a Singaporean, Tan Zhixian, 39, and four Chinese nationals, Wang Anquan, 32, Zhang Kexi, 31, Zhang Xichao, 28 and Chen Shuo, 22, noted SG News Daily, quoting Shin Min Daily News.
A sixth man involved in the crime is yet to be charged in court.
“Despite the suspects’ attempt to evade detection, the police pursued all available leads to identify and arrest them expeditiously,” said Assistant Commissioner of Police Shee Tek Tze in repose to media queries.
“The footage from police cameras were instrumental in the solving of the case. This case exemplifies the relentless commitment from the Singapore Police Force in pursuing such criminals and bringing them to justice,” he added.
It was reported that Tan committed the theft while out on bail for a previous charge, involving eight counts of receiving embezzled money and carrying out illegal money remittance services.
If found guilty, each man could be imprisoned for up to 20 years and receive at least 12 stokes of the cane./TISG