Man to be charged with making bomb threats during multiple DBS calls

SINGAPORE: Police arrested a 34-year-old man on Monday (May 27) after he allegedly made bomb threats during multiple calls to DBS Bank.

A DBS representative called police at around 2.10pm on Monday after receiving at least 30 calls from a man, police said on Tuesday. The suspect had allegedly said that he would plant a bomb within the hour at the DBS headquarters.

The main office of the bank, DBS Central Asia, is located at Marina Bay Financial Centre.

Officers from the Bedok Police Division were able to identify the man and arrest him four hours after the bomb threat was reported.

“Preliminary investigations revealed that the man had no means to carry out his threat and no suspicious items were found at DBS Asia Hub and DBS Central Asia,” police said.

DBS Asia Hub is a nine-story building in Changi Business Park.

The man will be charged in court on Wednesday with communicating false information about something harmful.

If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison and a maximum fine of S$50,000 (US$37,100) or both.

Police said they treat all security threats seriously and will not hesitate to take action against anyone who causes public alarm with false threats.

“Beyond the fear and inconvenience caused to other members of the public, making false threats comes at the cost of public resources that must be deployed to deal with the incident,” the police added.