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A 20-year-old youth was charged in court on Saturday (July 17) with armed robbery with hurt after he allegedly tried to rob a man of $100,000 in Buangkok.
The police said they were alerted to a case of robbery along Gerald Drive on July 13.
"Preliminary investigations revealed that the victim liaised with the seller of a supposed luxury watch through an online marketplace," police added.
"On the seller’s instructions, the victim waited along the said location when the man approached the victim and purportedly attempted to rob him of cash amounting to $100,000.
"The man was allegedly armed with a knife and in the process of the robbery, the victim resisted and sustained a slash wound on the left side of his face."
The assailant fled without taking any of the victim's valuables.
The victim was subsequently conveyed to hospital and has since been discharged.
Through extensive ground enquiries and with the aid of images from police and CCTV cameras, officers from Ang Mo Kio Division established the suspect's identity and arrested him on July 15.
The youth was charged in court on July 17 with armed robbery with hurt, which carries a jail term between five and 20 years, and at least 12 strokes of the cane.
Commander of Ang Mo Kio Division, Assistant Commissioner of Police Zed Teo, commended the officers for their hard work and painstaking efforts resulting in the arrest of the suspect.
He said: "The police will not tolerate such brazen acts. We will spare no effort to track down those who commit violence and take firm action against them in accordance with the law.”
Members of the public are advised not to carry large amounts of cash with them in public
When confronted in a robbery, members of the public should remain calm, take note of the physical appearance and distinctive features of the perpetrator, and call the police as soon as possible.