Bavet city police on Monday arrested three foreigners for stealing and threatening a man in Svay Rieng province’s Bavet city.
Captain Doung Sokheang, penal police officer with Bavet city police, identified the suspects as 22-year-old Kou Jimak, a Chinese national working at Le Macau Casino in Bavet city, along with two Vietnamese tourists, Yua Thi Nguven Em, 30, and Pham Thiliang, 31.
Cap Sokheang said that the three were friends and stayed at the same rental house in the city’s Bavet commune.
The victim was identified as Kong Chantha, a 35-year-old card dealer working in a Chinese-owned casino in the area. He lives in a rental room in Bavet commune.
Cap Sokheang noted that at about 1.30am on Monday, the three suspects left a Chinese-owned casino in the commune and travelled home on foot. He said that along the way, they broke into the victim’s room.
“After they broke into the victim’s room, Mr Jimak grabbed a knife and pointed it at the victim,” Cap Sokheang said. “He threatened to kill the victim and ordered him to hand over the phone and other valuable items to him and the other two suspects who also broke in to search for items to steal.”
“After they robbed the victim’s house, they managed to flee,” he added.
Cap Sokheang noted that when they left the room, the victim also came out and shouted for help.
After hearing the victim’s voice, municipal police officers guarding nearby proceeded to intervene.
Cap Sokheang said police chased after the suspects and managed to arrest them at about 2am.
Following the arrest, police confiscated the stolen iPhone 7, a knife and three passports.
Brigadier General Kuy Sopheap, chief of provincial general crimes department in Svay Rieng province, said that the three are accused of theft with aggravating circumstances and face up to eight years in jail if convicted.