Cyclist brakes abruptly in front of bus; gets pinned down by bus driver and passengers

Photo: Video screengrabs
Photo: Video screengrabs

An odd little clip surfaced on social media Monday night, in which a young man can be seen manhandled by three much older gentlemen near a billboard of a bus stop. The young dude, failing to break free, then gets pinned down on the ground, but continues to struggle against the might of the men — one of whom is donning a bright fluorescent vest that SBS Transit drivers wear. A yellow ofo bike can also be seen lying on the ground nearby.

At first, the Facebook page stated that the scene depicted a “citizen’s arrest” at Braddell on Monday evening — the young man was accused of squeezing a lady’s bum while riding his bike. This was categorically false, The Straits Times reported, as the 23-year-old man was instead involved in a road dispute with a bus driver along Upper Serangoon Road.

Police confirmed to ST that they were alerted to a case of voluntarily causing hurt at 6:50pm on Monday, with the young man taken conscious to Tan Tock Seng Hospital with minor injuries.

Prior to the clip, it is believed that the 23-year-old man had been riding his bicycle slowly in front of a bus along Upper Serangoon Road, in the direction of Potong Pasir. When the bus driver honked at him to speed up, the cyclist suddenly stopped, causing the driver to pump the brakes hard to avoid hitting him.

Angered by the dangerous act, the bus driver and a few of his passengers alighted to confront (and seemingly rough up) the cyclist. That was when one of the passengers started to record the scrum.

No arrests were made that day, but investigations are currently ongoing.

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