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Man arrested for allegedly firing projectiles at bridal cars

SINGAPORE — A 49-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday (July 19) for allegedly shooting projectiles at two bridal cars earlier this month.

The suspect, believed to be Mr Samuel Tan Joo Soon (in green), was arrested for four offences - possessing an arm without licence, possessing a dangerous instrument, committing a rash act and mischief. Photo: Najeer Yusof/TODAY

The suspect, believed to be Mr Samuel Tan Joo Soon (in green), was arrested for four offences - possessing an arm without licence, possessing a dangerous instrument, committing a rash act and mischief. Photo: Najeer Yusof/TODAY

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SINGAPORE — A 49-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday (July 19) for allegedly shooting projectiles at two bridal cars earlier this month.

He was arrested along Woodlands Circle near the site of the incident after he was identified “through extensive ground enquiries”, the police said on Wednesday.

The suspect, believed to be Mr Samuel Tan Joo Soon, was arrested for four offences possessing an arm without licence, possessing a dangerous instrument, committing a rash act and mischief.

Items seized included two packets of ball bearings, a bottle of plastic pellets, a packet of slingshot bands, a catapult, and a toy tank able to shoot projectiles, said the police.

The two bridal cars were damaged on July 1 when wedding revellers were playing “gatecrashing” games – a common practice before entering a bride’s home – at Block 762 Woodlands Avenue 6 while fetching the bride. No one was injured.

After being questioned at his home in Block 764A yesterday, the suspect pointed from his window the direction in which he had allegedly shot the projectiles from a catapult. He was later taken downstairs to describe the incident before being led away.

The police reiterated that airsoft guns, or any other guns that shoot pellets using compressed gas, are regulated as “arms” under the Arms & Explosives Act and no unauthorised person is allowed to possess such items.

If convicted of committing a rash act, Mr Tan could be jailed for up to six months and fined up to S$2,500.

For mischief, he could be jailed for up to two years and fined. For possessing a dangerous instrument, he could be jailed for up to two years. Investigations are ongoing.

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