Man who allegedly molested 19-year-old girl on train gets detained by passer-by, arrested

A 48-year-old man was arrested after allegedly molesting a 19-year-old woman while on board a train at Sixth Avenue MRT station on Thursday night (Nov 21).

The police, who were alerted to the case of outrage of modesty at 9.39pm, said: "The man was detained at King Albert Park MRT station with the assistance of a passer-by and was subsequently arrested upon the arrival of police officers."

Investigations are ongoing.

The offence of outrage of modesty carries a jail term of up to two years and/or a fine and/or caning.

The police also advised members of the public to adopt these crime prevention measures when taking public transport:

  • Be alert and attentive to your surroundings. Where possible, move away if someone stands or sits exceptionally close to you; and

  • If you are molested, seek help immediately from those around you. Take note of the prominent features and attire of the suspect as well as the direction in which he or she went. Call '999' as soon as possible to increase the chances of apprehending the suspect early. If it is safe to do so, the victim or other witnesses of the crime may assist to detain the suspect while waiting for the police to arrive.