Two held over armed robbery

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Police are looking for the other two suspects who remain at large. Nokor Wat

Police in Phnom Penh’s Chamkar Mon district on Monday arrested a soldier and a security guard who held up a 19-year-old woman and her younger brother at gunpoint, stealing their luxury motorbike.

Captain Sok Sareth, a district police officer, identified the guard as Rath Vanny, 36, and the soldier as Sorn Sam Art, 40.

They were part of a group of four suspects who robbed the victims. The other two remain at large.

Cap Sareth said victims Rorn Sreynith and her brother were riding their Suzuki motorbike at about 2.30am on Friday from Por Senchey district to pick up their older sister in Chamkar Mon district, where she was arriving by bus from Siem Reap province.

While the two victims parked their bike along Mao Tse Toung Boulevard, four men on two motorbikes approached them, he said.

The men held the victim at gunpoint. Nokor Wat

“Mr Vanny then drew out a pistol and walked toward the victims,” he said. “He pointed the gun at them and threatened to kill them if they did not hand over the motorbike keys, or if they shouted for help.”

“In fear, Ms Sreynith handed over the key and the four men took the bike and fled,” he added.

Cap Sareth said the two victims then walked to the Boeng Tumpon commune police office, where they lodged a report.

On Monday, police raided a rental house in Por Senchey district and arrested Mr Vanny and Mr Sam Art, who were still in possession of the stolen motorbike. Cap Sareth said police seized the stolen motorbike, a pistol, five bullets and also a motorbike belonging to the accused after the arrests.

He said the two suspects would be sent to municipal court today and added that police are now looking for the other two suspects.

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