Banteay Meanchey Provincial Court yesterday charged a Chinese national who allegedly robbed a money transfer shop owner out of about $1,500 in Thai baht in Poipet city on Sunday.
Major Keo Seng, city deputy military police commander, identified the accused as Li Huai, 32, a tourist staying at the Lyly Hotel in the city.
He identified the victim as Rom Sokhoeun, 34, the owner of the money transfer shop in the city.
Maj Seng said that Mr Huai was charged with theft with aggravating circumstances and faces up to eight years in jail if convicted.
He noted that the accused was arrested on Sunday and is now in prison pending trial.
Maj Seng said that at about 3pm on Sunday, Mr Huai entered Ms Sokhoeun’s shop in O’Chrouv commune and pretended that he wanted to exchange US currency for riel.
“After entering the shop, he took out a knife from his trouser pocket and pointed it at the victim,” he said. “He threatened to kill her if she shouted for help and took all the money from a desk drawer in the shop before fleeing.
Maj Seng said that after Mr Huai left the shop Ms Sokhoeun screamed for help and neighbours alerted police by shouting “theft, theft!”
He said police on patrol heard the shouts, saw the accused running and gave chase.
Maj Seng noted that police later arrested him at about 3.30pm on Sunday in the commune and seized the stolen money and a knife from him.
He added that police returned the money to Ms Sokhoeun.