22 Mar '11, 1am

Six held captive in Clementi flat by parang-wielding man, escape via ladders

SINGAPORE - There was drama at Block 706 in Clementi West Street 2 yesterday: Six people, who were held captive in their fourth-floor flat by a parang-wielding man, escaped via ladders perched on the windows of their bedrooms. The seventh, a three-year-old, was strapped to the chest of a Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) officer as he repelled down to the ground. Police had earlier received a distress call at about 7.35am. When they rushed to the scene, they found the front gate of the four-room flat locked. The police then instructed the man's wife and her three children - aged 14, 11 and three - to lock themselves in the master bedroom. The three tenants - believed to be foreign university students - did so as well in the other bedrooms. Police said the man, in his mid-40s, had refused to let the group leave the flat. While the police were negotiating with the man, SC...

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