Man locks himself in flat with 6-year-old son, threatens to throw boy down
He was finally arrested after a three hour show-down with police.
On June 1, Friday, a 36-year-old man was finally arrested after he locked himself in his Ghim Moh flat with his six-year-old son. According to news reports, the man had a showdown with the police for over three hours.
Man Locks Himself in Flat, Threatens to Hurt Son
According to reports, police responded to a call for height rescue, around 2.30pm at Block 18 Ghim Moh Road. However, the man did not follow police instructions and proceeded to lock himself in his flat, along with his little boy.
According to Lianhe Wanbao reports, the man (who already had a warrant of arrest), earlier started fighting with social workers who came by his flat. It was after this that the police received the call. When they arrived, they found the man had locked himself and his child in their home.
At one point, the man reportedly threatened to throw the little boy down from his sixth-floor flat. Once a police negotiator arrived on the scene, the man finally calmed down after about three hours of being in lock-down.
Thankfully, the child was not hurt.
What Should You Do if You Encounter a Situation Where a Child Is in Danger?
It’s never easy to get involved if you think a child is in a dangerous situation that involves their own family. But, as a parent yourself, trust your instincts.
If you believe a child you know is in any kind of danger, use the following information to contact the Ministry of Social and Family Development Child Protection and Welfare Service:
Phone: 1800-7770000 (Mon-Fri: 8.30am to 5.30pm)
Counter Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 8.30am to 5.30pm
Address: 512 Thomson Rd #10-00 MSF Building, S(298136)
Reference: The Straits Times