POLICE arrested four men on Monday evening in connection with the brutal murder of a teenager in Downtown East last Saturday.

The four men, aged between 18 and 20, were nabbed about 48 hours after Mr Darren Ng Wei Jie was hacked by choppers in cold blood and in front of shocked passers-by at the resort and amusement park in Pasir Ris.

In a statement late on Monday night, police said they had followed up on all possible leads and conducted intensive round- the-clock investigations.

Officers from the Special Investigation Section of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) established the identities of the suspects and, with this lead, were able to swiftly round up the four men.

The case has been classified as murder, which carries the death penalty. Investigations are still ongoing.

Mr Ng, 19, a Republic Polytechnic student, was set upon by a group of 10 people at about 6pm. He and two friends were believed to have been involved in a staring incident with the group earlier.

The group set upon him with choppers, but he managed to run towards a row of restaurants, where he crashed into a glass panel.

Witnesses said members of the group caught up with him and continued hacking him. After the assailants fled, Mr Ng's friends dragged him away, leaving a trail of blood.

Teen's murder: 4 nabbed