Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged a man who robbed his girlfriend at knifepoint out of cash, a phone and jewellery worth more than $3,000 on January 1.
Major Keo Piseth, a municipal police officer, identified the accused as Dina Puthisak, 32, who was charged with theft with aggravating circumstances and drug use.
He said the accused was arrested by municipal military police on Friday at a guesthouse in Por Senchey district’s Kakab I commune and is now in jail pending trial.
Maj Piseth said that Mr Puthisak was arrested following a complaint from Huon Sophea, 24, an online vendor living at rental house in the commune.
He said that in September 2018, Ms Sophea became friends with the accused through his Facebook account under the name of Tii Fee but did not know his real name.
Maj Piseth said that both often chatted with each other and started an online relationship.
He noted that at about 10am on January 1, Mr Puthisak chatted with the victim and persuaded her to meet him at the Bai Tong Guesthouse in Sen Sok district’s O’bekka’am commune at 6.30pm that evening.
Maj Piseth said the accused promised to give her $100 if she had sex with him.
He added that Mr Puthisak paid $5 for the room in the guesthouse and waited for Ms Sophea.
“When she entered the guesthouse room, the suspect grabbed her by the neck and pointed a knife at her, threatening to kill her,” Maj Piseth said. “He then snatched her handbag containing $2,000, an iPhone XS Max 01, a gold necklace, gold ring and gold bracelet worth a total of around $3,000 before fleeing the room.”
He said that after the suspect fled, the victim alerted the guesthouse owner and asked to view its CCTV footage but the guesthouse did not have CCTV.
Maj Piseth added that at about 7.30pm, Ms Sophea travelled by motorbike and filed a complaint with the commune police.
Captain Ven Sopheak, a Por Senchey district military police officer, said that at about 8pm on Friday, military police arrested the accused at the Soriya Guesthouse in Kakab 1 commune after the guesthouse owner alerted them.
The guesthouse owner recognised him through social media reports about Ms Sophea’s case that were published on January 2.
“During his interrogation at the military police office, the accused admitted committing the offence,” he said. “He confessed that he was the owner of the Facebook account Tii Fee.”
“He confessed that he was drug user, and had given the money and items he stole from the victim to three friends to buy drugs for him and also to drink and gamble,” Cap Sopheak added.