Woman who caused commotion with knife at Tampines Street 82 arrested for possessing offensive weapon

Woman who caused commotion with knife at Tampines Street 82 arrested for possessing offensive weapon

SINGAPORE: A 53-year-old woman who was allegedly “brandishing” a knife outside St Hilda’s Secondary School in Tampines on Monday (Sep 19) evening was arrested for possession of an offensive weapon, said the police.

Police told CNA that they had received a call for assistance at about 6.30pm regarding the woman who was near Block 840 Tampines Street 82, opposite St Hilda’s Secondary School.

“When police officers arrived, the woman was uncooperative and refused to comply with police‚Äôs instructions,” they said.

“The woman then stabbed herself in the abdomen and threatened to further harm herself. For her safety, one of the police officers then discharged a Taser to prevent the woman from further injuring herself.” 

Police said the woman was also apprehended under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) Act and for suspected drug-related offences. 

She was taken to the hospital conscious and in a stable condition. Investigations are ongoing.

When CNA arrived at the scene at around 7pm, the woman was seen screaming in pain. At least two police cars and about 10 police officers were there. At least four officers were seen carrying what appeared to be submachine guns.

An ambulance arrived shortly after and paramedics tried to calm the woman down. The woman wore a green shirt, which was stained with what appeared to be blood around the torso region.

Eyewitness Fuad Mohammad said he was on his way out with his father in a car for an extra curriculum activity when he saw police vehicles and about six policemen trying to take control of the situation. 

He said he saw the woman swinging and waving around what “looked like a knife”.