'It was a traumatising sight'
HELP: Passers-by tending to the victim after he collapsed. - PHOTO COURTESY OF TNP READER
A loud groan caught his attention.
When he looked around, he saw a man near the exit of Raffles Place MRT station, plunging a knife twice into the right side of another man's waist from the back.
The eyewitness, who declined to be named, said the attack was about five metres away from him.
"It was a traumatising sight," he added.
The victim turned around to look at his attacker.
At that instant, the attacker lunged forward and snatched a black laptop bag from the victim's left shoulder.
He then fled with the injured victim in pursuit.
The witness noticed that the knife, which was about 15cm long, had been dropped together with a mobile phone and a lighter.
He said: "A crowd gathered very quickly around the weapon."
The witness then called the police before running after the duo.
The victim, who was bleeding profusely, left a trail of blood while chasing the attacker.
The witness was still a distance away when he saw that the attacker had been pinned down on the grass patch outside UOB Plaza.
When he reached the scene, he saw a man holding the attacker down in an armlock and another man pinning his legs to the ground.
The victim had collapsed and kept repeating, "I feel giddy" in Mandarin.
Passers-by tended to him, with two women trying to stem his bleeding with tissue paper.
The witness said: "There was blood all over him and it looked very bad."
He handed the women a towel from his bag to help stem the bleeding.
Another passer-by later brought a first-aid kit to the scene.
"Thankfully, the police arrived quickly and the situation was brought under control," the witness added.