Police Storm Sembawang Flat and Rescue Boy Hostage after Tense 17-Hour Standoff

The 2-year-old boy who was held hostage in a Sembawang flat has been rescued.

Police broke into the 5th floor unit and arrested the 39-year-old man who was holding him captive.

The standoff started yesterday at about 6.45pm, at Block 462 Sembawang Drive.

The man had had a dispute with the boy’s mother and locked himself in the unit with the boy.

Officers from Ang Mo Kio police division, the Crisis Negotiation Unit and Special Operations Command were sent to handle the incident.

The SCDF set up a safety life air pack at the foot of the block.

It also sent a fire engine, a red rhino, two fire bikes, an ambulance, and three support vehicles to the scene, and kept its Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team on standby.

Despite negotiations, the man refused to open the door.

It was only after police officers stormed the unit that the boy was saved.

He was unharmed.

The man is now in police custody.



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