A woman took to Facebook on Monday night (Mar 28) to ask for help after an incident with a male cyclist at Sengkang East Way on Mar 26.
In a post shared on the SG PCN Cyclist Facebook page, Ms Honey Soo said that the cyclist verbally abused her and her husband, as well as slapped her and then rode his bike into her husband in the presence of several witnesses.
Despite efforts to detain him, the man left the scene of the incident.
Ms Soo and her husband have filed a police report and posted photos of the man in the hopes that the public can help identify him.
She described the man’s appearance as: “a Malay man in his late 30s/early 40s, around 170+ cm tall with a tanned complexion. He was wearing a black long-sleeved ‘Camel Smokercross’ cycling jersey, orange sports sunglasses and a white ‘British Cycling’ balaclava,” and added that he is “likely a resident of Sengkang/Punggol.”
The incident occurred as Ms Soo and her husband were walking along the footpath adjacent to Sengkang East Way, beside Sengkang Hospital), towards Sengkang East Road, at around 9:00 am on Saturday morning (Mar 26).
Ms Soo is hearing impaired and did not realise that a man on a bicycle behind them had been ringing his bell repeatedly until her husband gestured for her to move to the left to give way to the cyclist.
Another cyclist, a man on an orange Trek Marlin mountain bike, passed them. He “stared at us in an unfriendly manner and muttered what sounded like a vulgarity. He kept turning his head back to stare at us as he continued riding,” she wrote.
Ms Soo and her husband caught up with the cyclist at the junction and waited for some distance behind him for the light to turn green.
But she wrote that the man “continued to stare aggressively at us” and then shouted, “Don’t know how to give way is it?” at them.
Ms Soo and her husband explained the situation, including the fact that she is hearing impaired.
But the man continued his tirade, and so she began to take a video of him on her phone.
To her surprise, he slapped her on the cheek, which Ms Soo said was seen by the people around them.
She asked him “why he hit a woman in broad daylight” and asked him to stay while she called the police.
But the cyclist tried to leave even though the light was still red.
Ms Soo wrote that “a middle-aged Indian couple with a young daughter and a young Malay man” tried to prevent him from leaving, and her husband stood in front of the man’s bicycle even though he was “nursing an injury.”
“However, the cyclist suddenly rode his bicycle straight into my husband before trying again to escape. The Indian couple held him back while we tried calling the police. He then sneered at us, saying that ‘call police also no use as the police can’t do anything to him,” she added.
When the light turned green, the man made his escape in the direction of Punggol.
Even though Ms Soo and her husband ran after him, they were unable to catch him.
Other bystanders also tried to catch the cyclist, but were unable.
“We lodged a police report immediately in person at Sengkang NPC although the police were not able to track him down.
If you know anyone who had witnessed the incident or know this person, we would appreciate if you can please contact Sengkang NPC at 1800–343 8999.”
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