Police in Phnom Penh are working to identify a suspect in a brutal murder-robbery case that left one security guard dead after he had his throat slashed.
The murder took place yesterday at 1.30am in Sen Sok district’s Kraing Thnong commune.
Captain Muon Sokthy, deputy Kraing Thnung commune police chief, identified the victim as Nuth Chanthorn, 59, a security guard with a private company who moonlighted as a motodop driver to earn extra money.
Cap Sokthy said that after the victim finished his shift at about 12.30am yesterday, he likely picked up an unidentified passenger on his motorbike to earn extra cash and took him to Sen Sok district.
As he drove the man toward his destination, the suspect began stabbing him multiple times in the back and throat once they reach a quiet place, he noted.
“After getting stabbed, the victim fell off the bike and the suspect finished killing him by slashing his throat,” he said. “After killing the victim, the suspect stole the victim’s phone, cash and motorbike before fleeing.”
The body of the victim was later found by villagers at about 5am, at which point local police were notified.
Colonel Hour Mengvang, Sen Sok district police chief, said the case was a robbery turned murder.
“This case was the act of robbery,” he said. “The suspect lured the victim, who was a motorbike taxi driver, to carry him late at night to a quiet place in order to steal his bike.”
He added that police have not yet identified the suspect and are continuing to work on the case.