Four men between the ages of 23 and 26 have been arrested by the police for a suspected case of mischief by fire involving the use of Molotov cocktails.
In a news release on Wednesday (Sep 14), police said that on Tuesday, they received a call requesting for assistance at an entertainment outlet at St James Power Station. The officers discovered fragments of broken beer bottles and soot near the entrance of the entertainment outlet.
Police said four beer bottles were believed to have been lit and thrown by three unknown men at the entertainment outlet. The men were spotted to have fled from the scene immediately. No one was injured as a result after the incident, the police said.
Investigators soon established the identity of the first suspect and he was arrested within 20 hours of the report being lodged, said the police. The identities of the other accomplices were subsequently established and they were arrested in separate operations.
Police said that based on preliminary investigations, the incident was believed to have been an act of revenge arising from a previous dispute between one of the suspects and the staff of one of the entertainment outlets at St James Power Station.
Said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Investigations & Intelligence) concurrent Director of the Criminal Investigation Department, Tan Chye Hee: “The use of Molotov cocktails in Singapore is rare but is a very severe offence which the police have zero tolerance for.
“Such brazen acts and blatant disregard for the law can cause widespread damage to property and loss of lives. The police will not condone such acts and will see to it that those who perpetuate violence will be dealt with severely in accordance with the law.”
All four suspects will be charged in court on Thursday. If convicted, they may face a jail term of up to seven years and are liable to a fine.
Meanwhile, the police are also looking for a person they named as 26-year-old Tay Kai Long Daryl to assist with investigations into this case. Anyone with information can come forward and contact the police at 1800-255-0000. They can also submit the information online at http://www.police.gov.sg/iwitness.