Preah Sihanouk provincial police have arrested three Chinese men for allegedly kidnapping a Chinese man and holding him for a ransom of $800,000 in Boun commune on Saturday night, according to a senior police officer.
During a press conference at the provincial police headquarters Sunday morning, provincial police chief Choun Narin alleged the suspects arranged a very sophisticated plot to kidnapping the victim.
“The group of suspects organised a very detailed plan by keeping track of the victim who travelled alone in a Porsche car to a remote area in Ochheuteal Beach in Boun commune where the three suspects drove their Lexus in front of the victim’s car and stopped him,” he said.
“The victim stopped the car and the suspects pointed a gun at him and then tied his hands and put him in detention at a rental house in Borey BS in Boun commune.”
About two hours later, they called the family of the victim to demand a ransom of $800,000, according to Mr Narin, who added that with the cooperation with the victim’s family, the police raided the rental room and arrested the three men on the same night.
They were identified as Zheng Rongmao, 26, Dai Hongda, 23, and Lin Jinpei, 24. They were arrested and police took possession of a gun, a knife and a Lexus car and each of them used two passports, the fake ones being used for renting a car and the house.
Kol Phally, the chief of the serious crime bureau at the provincial police, said the three suspects were being questioned and held by the provincial police pending being sent to court.