A young man's violent outburst in a carpark led to his arrest on Tuesday (Sept 29).
In video clips circulating on Facebook on the same day, an off-duty police officer was seen trying to fend off the youth with a hoe he picked up from a nearby worksite while telling him to drop his weapon.
The agitated man yelled "Why?" before slashing his own arm and neck with a knife at Block 409 Choa Chu Kang Avenue 3.
After seeing the youth harming himself, the officer attempted to wrestle the weapon away from him.
Several residents and migrant workers rushed over to the pair to render help. They managed to disarm the young man and pinned him to the ground while waiting for the police to arrive.
Man slashes woman with knife
Meanwhile, another video clip showed a young woman, who appeared to have blood on her face, approaching a passer-by for help.
According to a migrant worker who witnessed the incident, the youth had chased after the woman as she fled from the carpark towards the HDB blocks.
"She screamed for help and was nearly knocked down by a black car that was passing by. The young man slashed at her once, but I'm uncertain if he hurt her arm or head," he recounted to Lianhe Wanbao.
After injuring the woman, the youth attempted to attack the driver of the car who quickly wound up the window, another eyewitness said.
"I don't know this man, he started slashing me out of the blue," the unnamed woman told Shin Min Daily News.
She sustained several injuries on her head and knees, and appeared to be shaken by the attack.
The police told AsiaOne that they arrested a 23-year-old man after they were alerted to a case of voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapon. He was later taken to Ng Teng Fong Hospital.
A 27-year-old woman was conveyed conscious to the National University Hospital for treatment.
Investigations are ongoing.
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