Police in Phnom Penh have arrested a tycoon’s son, believed to have started a brawl and caused serious injury while they were celebrating Khmer New Year last Friday, and his friend.
Duong Kimlong, 17, the son of property tycoon Duong Ngiep, was arrested along with his friend on Sunday, said Ya Kim Y, commander of the Phnom Penh Municipal Military Police, adding that the court had issued a warrant for the arrest of Kimlong’s brother, Duong Chhay.
Kimlong, Chhay and their friend were at a restaurant in Chamkarmon district when they got into an argument with another group of men, Kim Y said.
Kimlong allegedly took out a pistol he was carrying and pistol-whipped one of the youths on the head, Kim Y said.
“This caused the youth to suffer serious head injuries,” Kim Y said.
Before police had arrived, the trio – who were there with their girlfriends – made a quick getaway in their separate cars, with Kimlong and the friend making their way to a condominium owned by Kimlong’s father in front of the Cambodiana Hotel.
There, police officers in the area spotted the two men’s cars parked by the condo, he said.
Police raided the unit on Sunday, arresting the two suspects and confiscating two pistols, an AK-47 assault rifle and some ammunition that were in their possession, he said.
The men were being held by police and would be sent to court to be questioned and charged for causing injury and for illegal weapon use, he added.
The whereabouts of the third suspect, Chhay, are unknown, and he is currently being hunted by the police, Kim Y said.
“We are now seeking the arrest of Doung Chhay in accordance with the court’s warrant for his arrest,” he said.
The Doung family could not be reached for comment yesterday.