SINGAPORE: A 70-year-old man who allegedly harassed, slapped and made sexual advances towards another man on an MRT train has been arrested, the police said on Saturday (Apr 22).
In a video uploaded by the victim Joe DeMarini and widely shared on social media, the elderly man is seen shouting vulgarities at Mr DeMarini and allegedly making sexual advances.
Mr DeMarini, who is from the US, said he tried to diffuse the situation at first. His female friend also intervened, but the elderly man yelled at her and threatened her, Mr DeMarini wrote in a Facebook post on Thursday at about 2.40am.
“He touched me, and I told him not to, and I briefly lost my temper – after that he slapped me on the side of the head,” Mr DeMarini wrote.
The police said they received a report on Friday about a man repeatedly using offensive language and assaulting a commuter on the train. The man was arrested along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 on the same day at about 10pm for the offences of causing public nuisance and voluntarily causing hurt.
If convicted of causing a public nuisance, he faces a fine of up to S$1,000. If convicted of voluntarily causing hurt, he faces up to two years’ jail or a fine of up to S$5,000, or both.
Investigations against the suspect are ongoing, the police said.