301 Ubi Avenue 1, Ubi, Singapore. Photo: Google Maps

A bank employee was said to be emotionally distraught after an armed robbery at a Western Union branch in Ubi, Singapore, on Tuesday morning.

At 10:50am, a Filipino teller was reportedly working alone at the branch at 301 Ubi Avenue 1, Shin Min Daily News reported. A masked man in a white helmet, black jacket and dark-colored long trousers pointed a knife at the woman and forced her to hand over more than S$2,000 (US$1,470).

She was unharmed but frightened, and screamed for help only after the male suspect had left.

People from neighboring shops tried to catch the robber, but he was nowhere to be seen.

A cashier from a snack shop nearby told Lianhe Wanbao (Singapore) that there was no security guard at the Western Union branch where the incident took place. Tighter security should be in place, she added.

The teller was distressed and had to be calmed by two policewomen while taking the witness report.

The police are appealing for public help to locate the male suspect.

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