Four members of the public honoured for catching upskirt video suspects

Four members of the public honoured for catching upskirt video suspects

Public spirited awardees
Mr Justin Law (L) and Mr Song Wei Zong with Commander Koh Wei Keong who presented them an award for their public spiritedness. (Photo: Noella Chye)

SINGAPORE: “You’ll never know if the next victim is from your own family."

For Mr Song Wei Zong, 35, that was the reason he decided to help two others detain a man who was believed to have taken an upskirt video of a woman.

Mr Leow Fa Dong, 25, and Ms Crystal Tan Yi Jing, 20, were on the escalator at Tampines MRT station on Jul 2 when they noticed the 51-year-old suspect placing his phone under the skirt of a woman. 

Ms Tan alerted the victim while Mr Leow tried to detain the suspect. There was a struggle as the suspect tried to get away.

The commotion attracted the attention of Mr Song who helped to detain the suspect. Officers from the Public Transport Security Command (PTSC) who responded to the incident later found upskirt videos in the 51-year-old suspect's phone. 

“I didn’t think too much about whether it was the right thing to do,” Mr Song said, adding that he also did not consider how the situation would play out and whether he would get hurt.

All three received the Public Spiritedness Award along with Mr Justin Law, 25, who was commended for his actions in a separate incident.

Mr Law was at Marymount MRT station on Jul 19 when he noticed a 46-year-old male suspect standing just behind a female victim on an escalator.

The suspect first caught his eye when he noticed his phone was placed at a “weird angle”, close to the victim. Upon looking more closely, he realised that the victim was being filmed.

When confronted, the suspect denied filming the victim. But Mr Law said that he saw him attempting to delete some pictures. When the police arrived later, no images of the victim were found, but they discovered several others.

Speaking at the awards ceremony at the PTSC headquarters on Wednesday (Jul 25), Mr Law said: “He didn’t seem like he would run. He seemed really nervous. His fingers were trembling. That’s when I knew it was his first time getting caught.” 

Both suspects are now under investigation for insulting the victims’ modesty.

PTSC Commander Koh Wei Keong said: “We need to work very closely with the community to fight crime, and we must take the opportunity to recognise such acts, hopefully to encourage people in terms of public spiritedness.”

Mr Leow said: “If I had done nothing, it’s guaranteed (the suspect) would have gotten away, and there would have been another victim, so there’s really no reason not to do something.”

Source: CNA/nz (ra)

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