T he rash of armed moto robberies in the capital took a new twist this week with
the arrest of a demobilized soldier on charges of attempting to take a bike by
threatening the rider with a live hand grenade.
Sieng Savuth, 29, was
picked up by a moto taxi driver in Phnom Penh, police said.
ex-soldier pulled out the grenade, threatened the rider and ordered him to drive
to the capital, then changed his mind and told him to drive somewhere else in
The terrified man shouted for help when he saw two policemen
and pulled up.
The policemen attempted to arrest Savuth but then backed
off when they realized he had a grenade.
Savuth finally gave himself up
after more armed police arrived at the scene.
Whin police asked about his
motive, he said: "I have no job, since I have been demobilized.