Gambler charged with armed robbery

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A Vietnamese national is accused of robbing fellow casino-goers. Koh Santepheap

One of three men who allegedly robbed four tourists at gunpoint in Kampot province has been charged.

Le Vannam, 54, a Vietnamese casino gambler, was yesterday charged by Kampot Provincial Court with illegal use of a weapon and stealing $1,000 from three other Vietnamese men and one Chinese man. The robbery took place as the victims were walking near a casino area in Trapaing Poun village.

Provincial military police officer Major Duong Vireak said that on Saturday at about 7pm, two Vietnamese men pointed handguns at the victims and stole their money. A third Vietnamese man was at the wheel of a luxury car and drove the pair away.

The victims lodged a complaint with police. One suspect was arrested by provincial military police on Sunday morning in Kampot province. After his arrest, police seized an Orlando LTZ Chevrolet car and a gun from him.

Mr Le was yesterday charged by the provincial court with theft with aggravating circumstances and unauthorised holding or transportation of a weapon. He has been sent to prison pending his trial.

Police are hunting the other suspects to bring them to justice.

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