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Two more arrested over Wing hold-up

Two more arrested over Wing hold-up

Police have arrested two more suspects alleged to have played a part in the violent hold-up of a Wing outlet in Pailin town last month.

Hang Bunheng, 36, was picked up in Takeo province on Friday while Hort Chin, whose age has yet to be determined, was arrested in Tbong Khmum yesterday, Pailin provincial police chief Chea Chandin said yesterday.

Chin joins her husband, Hort Viseth, 27, of Tbong Khmum province, and his 35-year-old accomplice, Seng Da of Kampong Cham, who were arrested in Phnom Penh on February 2.

The four suspects are being held for their alleged role in a January 21 robbery, when a Wing outlet was held up with an AK-47 and an axe in Pailin’s O’Tavao commune.

The suspects got away with $10,000, and a father and son running the Wing outlet sustained serious injuries from axe blows to the body.

Meanwhile, police yesterday temporarily detained two un-named suspects in a hold-up at a Wing outlet in Takeo that took place on Friday, though neither remain in custody.

Ouk Samnag, provincial police chief, said one of the un-named suspects in the $9,000 score had been released for lack of evidence, while the other had been found to have drugs in his possession and had been sent to a rehabilitation clinic by the court.

Friday’s Takeo hold-up is the latest in a spate of armed robberies in the provinces over the past months that has seen pressure upped on local police – one police officer was removed from his post following the January robbery – and a move to clamp down on pardons for violent offenders.

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