SINGAPORE – Quick-thinking cashier locks robber inside 7-Eleven store (2008-05-08)

Published on May 8 2008 by admin

Comments-summary : Singapore police use taser against “knife-wielding man who shows suicidal tendencies” … the taser is reported as being used to prevent suicide, in this case with no harmful consequences. This reflects the image the corporation transmits about its weaponry… and the story is clearly “positive”.

http://www.straitstimes.com/Free/Sto…ry_235215.html

Quick-thinking cashier locks robber inside 7-Eleven store
Police use stun gun on knife-wielding man who shows suicidal tendencies
By Carolyn Quek

A MID-AFTERNOON armed robbery attempt at a 7-Eleven outlet was foiled yesterday by a quick- thinking cashier who locked the robber in, then raced to a phone to call the police.

What followed was a standoff between the police and the robber, who had a knife with him.

Ms Fong Mei Mei, a witness to the incident at the 7-Eleven outlet just outside the Braddell MRT station concourse, said the robber did not seem to be aware that he had been locked in.

‘He just continued ransacking the store,’ said the 17-year-old sales assistant of a nearby clothing store.

By this time, the plucky cashier, who is in his early 30s, had nipped over to a public phone to call the police.

When the robber was ready to make his getaway and realised he had been locked in, he removed the closed-circuit TV camera from its mount near the store’s ceiling and hurled it against the glass door.

The door did not give way.

He was still trying to get out of the store when three or four policemen showed up; more officers were at the scene later.

A police spokesman said the officers opened the door and tried to negotiate with the robber.

Ms Fong said the robber then turned his knife towards his stomach, in an apparent gesture that he would kill himself.

She said: ‘His face was very pale. The policemen told him to calm down.’

He appeared to soften somewhat.

Then one of the police officers directed a taser electric stun gun at his leg, and he crumpled into a heap.

The police spokesman said that the police team leader had made the call for the taser gun to be used because it appeared that the man had suicidal tendencies.

The robber was then arrested and subsequently taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital by the police.

Ms Fong also told The Straits Times that a friend who was visiting her at her workplace had earlier seen the man – clad in a white shirt and jeans – headed for the 7-Eleven with a handkerchief over his face.

She added: ‘My friend did not think he was a robber then. He thought the man had a cold.’

Contacted by The Straits Times, a 7-Eleven spokesman declined comment on a matter now under police investigation.

She said the cashier was unhurt, and that business at the outlet resumed in the evening.Comments-summary : Singapore police use taser against “knife-wielding man who shows suicidal tendencies” … the taser is reported as being used to prevent suicide, in this case with no harmful consequences. This reflects the image the corporation transmits about its weaponry… and the story is clearly “positive”.

http://www.straitstimes.com/Free/Sto…ry_235215.html

Quick-thinking cashier locks robber inside 7-Eleven store
Police use stun gun on knife-wielding man who shows suicidal tendencies
By Carolyn Quek

A MID-AFTERNOON armed robbery attempt at a 7-Eleven outlet was foiled yesterday by a quick- thinking cashier who locked the robber in, then raced to a phone to call the police.

What followed was a standoff between the police and the robber, who had a knife with him.

Ms Fong Mei Mei, a witness to the incident at the 7-Eleven outlet just outside the Braddell MRT station concourse, said the robber did not seem to be aware that he had been locked in.

‘He just continued ransacking the store,’ said the 17-year-old sales assistant of a nearby clothing store.

By this time, the plucky cashier, who is in his early 30s, had nipped over to a public phone to call the police.

When the robber was ready to make his getaway and realised he had been locked in, he removed the closed-circuit TV camera from its mount near the store’s ceiling and hurled it against the glass door.

The door did not give way.

He was still trying to get out of the store when three or four policemen showed up; more officers were at the scene later.

A police spokesman said the officers opened the door and tried to negotiate with the robber.

Ms Fong said the robber then turned his knife towards his stomach, in an apparent gesture that he would kill himself.

She said: ‘His face was very pale. The policemen told him to calm down.’

He appeared to soften somewhat.

Then one of the police officers directed a taser electric stun gun at his leg, and he crumpled into a heap.

The police spokesman said that the police team leader had made the call for the taser gun to be used because it appeared that the man had suicidal tendencies.

The robber was then arrested and subsequently taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital by the police.

Ms Fong also told The Straits Times that a friend who was visiting her at her workplace had earlier seen the man – clad in a white shirt and jeans – headed for the 7-Eleven with a handkerchief over his face.

She added: ‘My friend did not think he was a robber then. He thought the man had a cold.’

Contacted by The Straits Times, a 7-Eleven spokesman declined comment on a matter now under police investigation.

She said the cashier was unhurt, and that business at the outlet resumed in the evening.

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