Man arrested for voyeurism at Jem after phone found hidden in his shoe with lens exposed at tip

Man arrested for voyeurism after a handphone was found hidden in his shoe with the lens exposed through an opening of the tip of the footwear.

A woman and her friend had spotted the man following them into an outlet at JEM shopping mall on May 26.

The friend noticed that the man was hiding something in his shoe and shouted at him, prompting the man to flee.

Mr Muhammad Sufie Rashid was shopping nearby when he overheard the commotion. He quickly chased after the man and managed to detain him.

On Aug 17, Mr Muhammad Sufie was one of three members of the public presented with the Public Spiritedness Award for assisting the police in three separate cases.

Another was Mr Chua Eng Keong, a senior service associate with SMRT, had just ended his night shift and was heading home on June 13 when he noticed a man recording an upskirt video using his handphone on the escalator of Jurong East MRT station.

He immediately confronted the man and alerted the female victim. The man admitted to taking the video and deleted the video in front of Mr Chua and the victim. Although the victim needed to rush off, Mr Chua brought the man to the service counter and sought police assistance. The man was subsequently arrested for voyeurism.

In the third case, Mr Muhammad Shalehin Bin Ali was at home when he heard noises coming from his corridor on May 12.

Sensing that something was amiss, he checked the corridor and observed a man sawing his neighbour’s window panel and attempting to unlock the wooden door.

Knowing that his neighbour was not home, Mr Muhammad Shalehin immediately confronted the man who subsequently fled. He called the police for assistance and provided crucial information including the man’s appearance and clothing as well as the direction in which he fled.

His actions led to the swift arrest of the man for attempted housebreaking.

From left: Assistant Commissioner of Police Serene Chiu, Mr Patrick Lim and Mr Muhammad Sufie Rashid. Photo: Singapore Police Force

Assistant Commissioner of Police (AC) Serene Chiu, Commander of Clementi Police Division, also presented the Community Partnership Award (Individual) to Mr Patrick Lim and Mr B Murali in recognition of their commitment and contribution towards detecting and preventing crimes.

Mr Lim, the security manager of Tanglin Trust School, was informed by a female staff member of the school about an indecent act that she witnessed at One-North Park on May 11.

He advised her to make a police report and provided crucial information including clear descriptions of the man and the exact location to the police. His swift actions led to the arrest of the man for making gestures intended to insult the modesty of a person.

In June, Mr Murali, who is a taxi driver with ComfortDelgro, provided vital information to the police about a man carrying three gunny sacks of copper wire onboard his cab. The information allowed the police to solve a case of theft in dwelling and arrest the culprit swiftly.