Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged three men for allegedly stealing a motorbike from a woman in Prampi Makara district last week.
Colonel Eng Sorphea, chief of the municipal penal crimes department, identified them as Soch Chanrin, 33, a security guard living in Meanchey district’s Stung Meanchey I commune; Keo Vannak, 31, a security guard living in Daun Penh district’s Wat Phnom commune; and Sam Bandit, 33, from Daun Penh district’s Phsar Thom Thmey I commune.
He said Mr Chanrin was charged with theft and aggravating circumstances and unauthorized holding of weapons. He added that Mr Vannak and Mr Bandit were charged with accomplice of theft with aggravating circumstances.
They face between five to eight years in jail each if convicted.
Col Sorphea added that they were arrested on Sunday by municipal penal police in the city.
Captain Ly Narin, a penal police officer working in the department, said at about 6.30pm on Wednesday, the three accused were driving on motorbikes when they attempted to snatch a bag from a woman riding on a separate motorbike with her husband.
He noted that the incident occurred in Chamkarmon district’s Tuol Tumpoung II commune.
Cap Narin said Mr Chanrin failed to snatch the bag and instead fell off his motorbike. He then shot two bullets at the victims, he added.
“After shooting, Mr Chanrin got back on his motorbike and fled,” Cap Narin said, noting that the remaining two followed him.
He noted that later that night, at about 9pm, the three accused stole a Honda motorbike from a woman in Prampi Makara district’s Veal Vong commune.
“Mr Chanrin pointed a gun at the victim and ordered her to hand over the motorbike and key to him,” Cap Narin said. “He threatened to kill her if she did not hand over the motorbike and key to him.”
“After the victim left her motorbike on the road and ran away, Mr Vannak took the motorbike and fled,” he added, noting that the two accused then followed him.
Cap Narin said the victim subsequently ran to a commune police post and filed a complaint against them.
He added that the men were arrested in separate locations in Meanchey district on Sunday.
Police seized the stolen motorbike and two other motorbikes, as well as one pistol, which belonged to Mr Chanrin.