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A 49-year-old woman was arrested for attempted suicide and a drug related offence at Block 645 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6 yesterday (Sep 6).
Stomper Yanni alerted Stomp to what happened and sent us a video of the scene that she filmed at around 7.30pm. She had been in the area since 5pm, when rescue efforts were already going on.
Before she was arrested, the woman had locked herself inside a HDB unit on the seventh floor of Block 645. According to the Stomper, there was also a male companion in the flat.
In the video Yanni sent, Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) personnel can be seen deploying a safety net from the eighth floor.
Shortly after, two rescuers rappelled down from the ninth storey to the kitchen windows of the flat the couple were in.
In a telephone interview, the Stomper said that the duo was preventing rescuers from opening the windows.
She reported hearing the man shouting "go go, don't open".
SCDF eventually managed to break the brief deadlock and can be seen entering the unit at around the four-minute mark of the video.
A spokesman from the SCDF told Stomp that two fire engines, four support vehicles and one ambulance had earlier been deployed to the scene in response to the incident.
Upon arrival, they set up two life packs on the ground floor as a precautionary measure.
Among the SCDF personnel sent to the scene were officers from the Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team.
Alongside rescue personnel and equipment at the foot of the block were a crowd of onlookers. The Stomper estimates that there might have been more than 50 people who gathered to see what happened.
SCDF personnel eventually conducted forcible entry into the unit using a hydraulic tool, and the woman was apprehended by police.
In response to a media query, a police spokesman told Stomp:
"On Sep 6, 2017, at 4.33pm, police were alerted to a call for assistance at Block 645 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6.
"A 49-year-old woman was subsequently arrested for attempted suicide and suspected drug related offence.
"Police investigations are ongoing."