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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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Drunk man claiming to be terrorist arrested

The Straits Times | Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A man who claimed to be a terrorist was arrested along Orchard Road last night after failing to give police officers his details.

The man had been drinking Jack Daniels and Coke alone at Outdoors Cafe & Bar in Emerald Hill when he began behaving in a belligerent and violent manner towards staff and customers.

Bar manager Muhammed Ali Othman, 40, told The Sunday Times that he appeared to be in his late 30s or early 40s.

"He became dead drunk and suddenly spouted anti-American and anti-white people comments," said Mr Muhammed Ali.

"He claimed to be from the Middle East, and that he was a terrorist. He got agitated and started shouting at other customers."

When Mr Muhammed Ali and the other staff asked him to leave, the man allegedly started assaulting them.

"He suddenly snapped and hit me and the other guys. He was very violent, so we called the police."

The police said they received a call at 5.28pm and responded to the incident. The man was taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital after he complained that he was feeling giddy. He was later arrested.

He produced no documents that could confirm his age, nationality or identity.

A video of the incident was posted on the Facebook page of news website Coconuts Singapore.

The 14-second clip shows the stocky man in black T-shirt and trousers being held down by what appear to be staff members of Outdoors Cafe & Bar.

Mr Muhammed Ali said the man apologised when he was being escorted away by the police, but failed to settle his bill, which came to "nearly $100".

This article was published on May 18 in The Straits Times.

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