Men had parangs, poles

One terrifying night in June, 10 gangsters, several were carrying 1m-long metal rods, were pacing around the corridor in front of her Yishun flat.

The resident, Madam Yati, said she and her family were so afraid they just hid in their flat until police came and arrested the men about an hour later.

"One of them was a neighbour who often got into fights in the neighbourhood, so I knew they were dangerous," said the 44-year-old who lives with her husband and their four-year-old son.

"We were so afraid, we hid in the flat until the police came. Only then did we peer out of the windows."

At about 12.45am on June 8, a resident had called the police and told them he saw 10 to 15 people armed with parangs and other weapons going up the block.

When The New Paper visited the block on Monday, residents said about 20 policemen rounded up the gang that morning.

Madam Ho, a 46-year-old housewife, said: "I had just left the flat to buy cigarettes. But on the way out, I saw all those men with poles and felt scared.

"They looked desperate and nervous. One of them even hid his cap in my flower pot, as if he was trying to change his appearance."

One of them was a neighbour who often got into fights in the neighbourhood, so I knew they were dangerous.


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