A 28-year-old Singaporean casino employee was arrested on Saturday for allegedly threatening to extort $5,000 from a Chinese gambler in Kandal province.
The suspect was identified as Cheang Qiao, who works for Grand Resort Casino in Koh Thom district on the Vietnam border.
He is accused of unlawfully detaining, confining and attempting to extort the victim, who had borrowed money from him to gamble, lost all of it, and was unable to pay him back.
Kandal police officer Duong Piseth said Mr Cheang had called the victim’s family and demanded a $5,000 ransom for their relative.
The family filed a complaint to the Interior Ministry’s penal police department, which led to the arrest of the suspect and the rescue of the victim.
Mr Piseth said the suspect had been temporarily detained at Kandal police headquarters for questioning. He would appear at the provincial court today.