Singapore — A Malaysian general worker has been charged with the armed robbery of a Singapore woman in her car at the Geylang Bahru carpark last Sunday afternoon.
On Friday the court heard how that Lee Heong Chye, a 35-year-old originally from Penang, allegedly used a penknife to rob the woman of her valuables worth a total of $2,251 in a multi-storey carpark located at Block 60A Geyland Bahru.
The incident took place as the 33-year-old woman was parking her vehicle near a food center packed with customers when the robber opened her car door and got into the front passenger seat, according to the Chinese evening newspaper Shin Min Daily News.
He first took her valuables and cash, then forced her to drive to another open-air carpark and proceeded to bind her hands with tape before fleeing the scene.
The valuables he stole from her include a smartphone, a wrist watch, ATM cards, a credit card, and US$200 (S$250) in cash, according to a report in The Straits Times.
Being fearful of her own safety, the woman revealed the PINs to her ATM cards when the man demanded them of her.
She managed to free herself and drove out of the carpark, then borrowed a phone from a passer-by to call the police.
Police began a manhunt for the suspect, and were able to track him down and arrest him on Wednesday afternoon.
Mr. Lee has been remanded in police custody for further investigations, with the case against him scheduled to be heard in court again on December 13.
If he is convicted of armed robbery, he could face a jail term of between two years and 10 years, and be given six strokes of caning. He could also receive an additional 12 strokes of the cane for being armed with what may be considered a “deadly weapon” during the robbery.