Video: Singapore ‘Subway Samurai’ with sword is arrested.
One of the more bizarre incidents to be captured on video in Singapore this year was the “Subway Samurai” who boarded an SMRT train with a real sword, scaring passengers in the process.
The Subway Samurai incident occurred on December 16, with the heavy-built man dressed in a samurai outfit boarding the train as other passengers in the carriage moving away and leaving him plenty of room to himself.
The MRT staff and police were quickly on the scene, and much of the incident was captured in photos and on video by onlookers.
SMRT said the man had jumped the fare gate at Paya Lebar MRT station and then boarded the train. The staff notified the police immediately.
As can be seen in the photos, the police boarded the train, but left the man plenty of space.
The police made sure the other passengers stayed far away from the samarai, and didn’t do anything rash that might upset the man, who appeared to be in a rather unpredictable state of mind.
When the man alighted at City Hall MRT station, the officers followed and tried to get him to surrender his weapon.
They followed him down a sidewalk, and then he suddenly darted across the street. The officers pursued and shortly arrested him near Bugis MRT station, as astonished onlookers stared in disbelief at the scene unfolding in front of them.
No one was injured in the incident. The man, later identified as Peter Chua Teck Choon, 39, was charged in court and remanded at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH).
The Subway Samurai was charged with possessing a scheduled weapon and sent to IMH for a psychiatric evaluation, according to reports.
After he was identified by the local media, Internet users found his Facebook profile, in which he described himself as “an expert swordsman” and a tattoo artist.