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Takeo provincial police on Tuesday arrested two Chinese nationals for stealing a Lexus RX 300 car from a Cambodian taxi driver in Phnom Penh.
Major Im Nuon, deputy chief of the provincial crimes department, identified the two suspects as Chang Jinzin, 33, and Zhev Jin, 34. The victim was identified as Khim Piseth, a 34-year-old driver living in Kandal province’s Takhmao city.
Maj Nuon said that at about 5pm on Tuesday, the two Chinese suspects hired the driver for a fee of $50 to take them to meet their friends who live nearby Phnom Penh International Airport in Por Senchey district.
Maj Nuon stated that upon arriving, they told the victim to continue driving to Kampot province.
“But at about 7.30pm on Tuesday, while driving down National Road 3 in Takeo province’s Tram Kak district, they told the victim to stop the car because they needed to urinate,” Maj Nuon said. “When the victim stopped the car, Mr Jinzin took out a knife and threatened to kill the victim. He told the victim to get out of the car while Ms Jin searched the car for items to steal.”
“They got into a fight outside the car for about two minutes. The victim’s hand got injured and he could not continue fighting. The victim ran away to seek help from nearby villagers,” he added.
Maj Nuon noted that after Mr Piseth left, Mr Jinzi drove the victim’s car and headed to Bati district. The victim, meanwhile, made his way to Ang Tasom commune police to report the crime.
The police then alerted nearby provincial police posts.
Maj Nuon added that the suspects were later arrested at 8.30pm, when police seized the stolen Lexus RX 300 car, a knife, $320, two passports and one phone.
Major General Sok Samnang, chief of Takeo provincial police, yesterday said that Mr Jinzi and Ms Jin are accused by police of theft with aggravating circumstances. They both face five to eight years in prison if convicted.