Military police in Preah Sihanouk province on Sunday arrested one of two Chinese nationals accused of robbing $7,300 from two Cambodian money changers in Sihanoukville.
Major Sok Sameth, the deputy commander of Sihanoukville military police, identified the suspect as Wang Jing Zhong, 49, a casino staff working with a Chinese-owned casino in the city.
The two Cambodian victims were identified as Sok Iv, 32 and his wife Soy Lina, 24; both money changers at Phsar Loeu Market living in Buon commune.
Maj Sameth added that at about 9am on Sunday, the victims travelled by motorbike towards Phsar Loeu Market carrying about $7,300 with them.
On route, two unidentified Chinese men on a motorbike followed and accosted them before making off with the bag of money.
“The suspects rode a motorbike and followed the victims’ motorbike and stopped them. The pillion rider, at knifepoint, snatched the bag containing the money from the woman and he and his accomplice drove off,” Maj Sameth told Khmer Times yesterday.
He added military police officers who were patrolling the area intervened when they heard the victims’ shouts for help. The victims recounted what had happened to the officers and they immediately went in search for the suspects.
Maj Sameth said Wang, who drove the motorbike, was arrested at about 9.30 am in Buon commune. The pillion rider managed to escape with the money.
The military police seized a motorbike and a phone from Wang.
“The victims’ money has not been recovered because it was taken by the man who is now at large,” he said.
He added the two suspects will be charged with “theft with aggravating circumstances” under Articles 353 and 357 of the Criminal Code. If convicted, they each face five to 10 years in prison.
The police are now looking for the second suspect.