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A 68-year-old woman keeps police at bay after locking herself in the apartment

A 68-year-old woman kept police officers at bay for nearly two hours after locking herself in her ninth-floor apartment at 45 Circuit Road on Saturday morning.

In response to questions from The New Paper, police said they received a call for assistance at 10:23 a.m. that day.

“As it was assessed that the woman could pose a danger to herself, officers from the Crisis Negotiation Unit, the Special Operations Command and the Singapore Civil Defense Force (SCDF) responded to the incident, “the police spokesman added.

A resident who lives three doors away and wanted to be known only as Ms. Rose, 52, said, “I was awakened by a commotion outside. I looked out the window and saw SCDF agents running through the room. corridor “.

He added that the woman lives alone and is often left alone.

“I’m worried about how her sister copes with all this. Her sister visits her regularly and she told me she’s always worried about no food in the house,” said Ms. Rose, who runs an online business.

It is understood that the sister called the police when she went to visit her and found the woman locked up.

Wang Zhen Ming, 60, who lives in the unit just above the woman, said she knew something was wrong when SCDF agents knocked on her door.

“I was asked if they could hang something on my kitchen window because it would help rescue a woman.

“I can’t believe I was in my living room all the time and didn’t hear any noise from the ground floor,” the warehouse official added.

SCDF said it deployed a vital safety air package and that rescuers from the disaster relief and rescue team were on standby as a precautionary measure.

A 58-year-old street vendor who wanted to be known only as Mrs. Wong, was on his way to work when he saw an SCDF truck.

“I live a few blocks away and my first thought was that there was a fire. But some residents told me that a woman was sitting on the window sill … Then she went back to her flat when she arrived. police, ”he said.

Police said they entered the unit at 12:30 p.m.

“The woman was detained under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) Act. No injuries were reported,” police added.

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