59-year-old man arrested for armed robbery committed in 1996

A man who was allegedly involved in a case of armed robbery in Taman Jurong 22 years ago has finally been arrested.

On July 5, 1996, a then 43-year-old man was walking to his car after withdrawing a sum of money from an OCBC branch near Block 65 Yuan Kuan Road.

Two men armed with knives approached him and robbed him of about $44,000 before fleeing on a stolen motorcycle.

Following investigations, the two men, who were 59 and 65 years old, were arrested and charged in court, while a third suspect remained at large, the police said in a statement on Mar 7.

On Mar 5, the third suspect, now 59 years old, was arrested in Malaysia with the assistance of the Royal Malaysia Police (RMP).

He was subsequently extradited back to Singapore on Mar 6.

If convicted, he faces a jail term of up to 14 years and up to 12 strokes of the cane.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Police Julian Chee, Deputy Commander of Jurong Police Division, said, “The arrest and extradition of the suspect after 22 years on the run was made possible through the strong support of the RMP.

"I would like to thank the RMP for their efforts to locate and arrest the suspect.

"Through good partnership with foreign law enforcement agencies, the police will persevere and ensure that criminals are brought back to face justice regardless how long it takes."