Police arrest man who was in possession of baton and knuckle-duster at Bencoolen Street

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A 21-year-old man was arrested for being in possession of a retractable baton and knuckle-duster in a public place.

A video showing the man being apprehended by police officers has been circulating on social media.

In the video, the man is seen walking before sitting down on a kerb as police officers shout at and approach him.

One of the officers is seen aiming a Taser at him before moving forward to kick away what appears to be a baton away from the man.


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The man then places his hands behind his back before the officers handcuff and search him. A small object, believed to be the knuckle-duster, is retrieved from the man's pants.

The police said in a statement on Wednesday night (Sept 14) that they were conducting a foot patrol on Tuesday (Sept 13) at about 2pm along Cheng Yan Place when a 21-year-old man tried to evade officers after realising they were looking to conduct a check on him.

The man refused to comply with the officers' instructions and ran away. The officers gave chase and subsequently apprehended him along Bencoolen Street.

"During the chase, the man had purportedly taken out a retractable baton measuring about 50cm," the police said.

"The man was initially non-compliant even when chased, but dropped his baton when an officer drew his Taser.

"Necessary force was used to subdue him.

"A concealed knuckle-duster was also purportedly found in his underwear."

Both the baton and the knuckle-duster were seized as case exhibits.

The man was arrested for the alleged offences of possession of a scheduled weapon, carrying a truncheon in a public place and suspected drug-related offences.

No one was injured during the incident.

The man will be charged in court on Thursday (Sept 15).

The offence for possession of a scheduled weapon carries a jail term of up to five years and at least six strokes of the cane.

The offence of carrying a truncheon in a public place carries a jail term of up to one month, a fine of up to $5,000, or both.

"The Police have zero tolerance towards brazen acts which threaten the safety of members of the public and will not hesitate to take action against those who blatantly disregard the law," the statement said.

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