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Police Blotter: 15 August, 1997



Jul 28: Soy Nou, 39 and Meng, 44, taxi drivers, fell unconscious after

drinking beer and eating Banh Chav (Khmer pancakes). The victims said that they were

invited by their girlfriends to enjoy drinking and sleeping with them. The incident

took place at #32A street 271 Sangkat Boeung Salang. The offenders escaped with a

car, two hand-phones and wristwatches.


Jul 28: Nouv Vannak, 25, a soldier and robber was gunned down by police

after he tried to escape when police brought him to show where he hid a gun. The

source said that Vannak and his partner robbed a moto-taxi driver on 27 July and

he was arrested when he tried to sell it.

Jul 29: An unidentified robber was gunned down by police after he robbed

a moto-taxi driver at midnight in front of the Toul Tom Poung high school. The driver

said that he was hired by robbers in Toul Kok and that another man followed them

with a gun and pointed it at his head. The other robber escaped with a shotgun.

Jul 29: Gen Sok Chanthoeun, a senior body guard of Gen Nhek Bun Chhay,

was arrested for the murder of Mom Vuthda, 40 a deputy of the criminal police of

the Interior ministry on May 29, 1997. The offender confessed that he got angry with

Vuthda because he was arrested by the victim once during the State of Cambodia regime.

Jul 30: Ung Kim Long, 24, a military policeman, was injured by robbers

who shot him at 10 pm near the Defense Ministry. The victim said that the robbers

attempted to rob his bike and shot him when he did not agree to give them the key.

He had already pressed a remote-control safety key to stop the engine, so they could

not take his bike and ran off.

Aug 1: Meas Sary, 45, a Goldiana hotel owner, was robbed of his Land Cruiser

by two gunmen at 8:45 on Mao Tse Tung Blvd. He said that he was held up at gun point

and the robbers took his car, his ring worth about $2,000 and $1,000 in cash.

Aug 1: Cheng Hun, a gold seller, was shot dead and her father was wounded

by robbers who shot the victims a few times when they took a bag of gold carried

by the victim. The incident took place near Psah Chas market. The offenders escaped

with 30 Damlung of gold, 15,000 Baht, $2,500 and some wristwatches worth about $4,000.

Aug 2: An unidentified robber was blown up by soldiers after he robbed

two gold stores and took some gold and money, at 1:30 pm in Kompong Speu market.

The robber was killed by a B-40 rocket that military forces launched when he tried

to escape and fired back at the authorities.

Aug 2: Kong Nhep, 28, a farmer, was killed by an unidentified man who came

to his house, asked him to open the door and started shooting. The offender escaped.

The motive is still being investigated.

Aug 2: Ses Pisey, 25, a Tiger factory guard, was arrested by police, suspected

of killing his girlfriend on July 29, at Bas Angkanh village Khieun Svay district

Kandal province. But he did not confess that he was the killer.

Aug 4: More than 30 people were wounded by a grenade tossed by an unidentified

man in the Bopha Thep II dancing restaurant at 9:45 pm. Most of them were beer girls

and dancing girls and the rest were police, military police, soldiers and civilians

who came to enjoy dancing at night. Some sources said that the incident was not politically

motivated, saying that it was argument between drunkards and drunkards. The offenders

escaped with the customers through the back door. The guards of the restaurant confessed

that they couldn't take weapons from drunkards.

Aug 5: Lay Thavy, 40, Chou Sarin, 35 and Chheng Thavra, 27 were arrested

by armed forces at 11:30 am #15E1 Street 278 Boeung Keng Kang I for kidnapping. They

(armed forces) had received an arrest warrant from the military court and confiscated

one AK47, one M16 and one pistol.

Another alleged kidnapper Ngeth Vandeth, 19 , was arrested on the same day in a different

place by Khan Daung Kou police when they received a complaint from the victim's family.

Aug 6: Gilles Gaiemet, 55, a director of RM Asia Ltd, was severely beaten

and dumped from a moving vehicle on street 360 in handcuffs by four gunmen who ambushed

him at his office #27 street 134. A source said that the victim was handcuffed and

his mouth was taped shut after they did the same to his security guard. The offenders

escaped with the victim's car, $80 and one wristwatch. The motive for the attack

may have been robbery or kidnap for ransom.

Aug 7: Four dog stealers were arrested by police at 3 am in Takmao town

when they tried to steal a dog. The offenders confessed that one dog can fetch 20,000-30,000

riels and in one night they can catch 4 or 5 dogs.

Aug 8: Long Vanny, 30, a robber, was gunned down by the police after he

drove a moto that he had just robbed from a schoolboy. The culprit tried to escape

from the police and attempted to throw a grenade at them, but was suddenly gunned


- Summarized from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmey Kampuchea

by Bou Saroeun.



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