Taxi driver allegedly attacked by passengers after refusing ride, police investigating

A taxi driver was allegedly attacked by a group of four people who tried to enter his taxi while he was waiting at a red light at Eu Tong Sen Street in the early hours of Saturday morning (Feb 16).

Desmond Lee posted an account of what happened to him in the Singapore Taxi Driver Facebook group.

In his post, he said he was "attacked" by a group of four people, two women and two men, after he declined to give them a ride as he was heading home after a 14-hour work shift.

When Stomp reached out to him, he said he was waiting for the traffic light to turn green outside Furama City Centre at about 5.40am when someone suddenly opened his taxi's door.

"I told them that I could not give them a ride as I was changing shift but they just jumped in," he said in a phone interview.

"When I told them again, they got angry and one of the men punched my shoulder as I tried to block my face.

"I then exited the taxi and ran in front of the vehicle because there is a car camera there.

"I was calling for the police but one of the women tried to take my phone and stop me.

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Desmond added that one of the men punched him one more time while he was out of the camera's frame.

In a video Desmond included in his post, he is seen running on the road away from members of the group.

He told Stomp the two men then jumped into another taxi while the two women sat by the side of the road.

In response to a Stomp media query, the police confirmed that a report was lodged and investigations are ongoing.