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Police Blotter: 10 October1997



Sept 20: Two unidentified robbers were shot dead when they exchanged gunfire

with police after they robbed a moto-taxi driver near the corner of St 118 and 225.

The victim was seriously injured by the robbers who beat and stabbed him. Another

robber escaped.


Sept 20: Mao Vesna, 25, a policeman, died on the way to hospital after

his gun accidentally went off as he was coming out of the Martini dancing club about


Sept 21: Prang Bopha, 19, committed suicide by drinking poison at 9pm at

Chrey Bak village, Kandale. Police reported that she was angry with her parents who

beat and scolded her.

Sept 22: Two people believed to be wife and husband were killed by a grenade

detonated by one of them at 4pm near the Post Office in Siem Reap town, about 100

meters from the Royal residence. Some sources said that they angry with each other,

and other sources said they had been separated and died after they came from a court

hearing on their separation.

Sept 24: Ly Heng, the owner of a beauty salon named Tang Tang, was seriously

injured by four robbers who attempted to rob him in his shop on St 240, Phnom Penh.

He said that they came to have their faces polished but pointed a gun at him and

threatened him for his car keys, jewelry and money. They beat him and then escaped,

but two of them returned to the scene to join a crowd of people who gathered outside.

Heng saw the two, and told the police that they were robbers and the pair were arrested.

Sept 23: Two pickpockets - Mao Sambath and Lim Sok, both policemen - were

arrested by police at Kossamak hospital after they picked the bag of a woman who

had been injured in a road accident. The victim said that in her bag she had 60,000

riels and $5.

Sept 24: Ngoun Vannara, 48, a robber, was found dead at 7am in Toul Kork.

Police concluded that he was killed by police on Sept 23, after he and his accomplice

robbed a motorcycle and exchanged gunfire with police. Police said that they had

seen one robber fall from the motorbike, but his partner picked him up and rode off

with him. The injured robber could not survive though, his accomplice threw him out

later, according to police.

Sept 25: Yong, 30, a Chinese national, died in the Taiwan Hotel in Khan

Doun Penh. One of his friends said that the victim came to visit them and told him

that he was very tired so they let him lay down in the room. Later he fell unconscious

and died on the way to Calmette hospital.

Sept 27: Park Kangzi, 40, died in his room of the Bopha Phnom Penh Hotel

by no apparent reason. Police concluded that he might have been chronically ill.

Sept 27: Man Vanna, 19, was seriously injured by two robbers who attempted

to steal his motorcycle at 7pm in front of Wat Botum. The victim said that when he

arrived there two men appeared and pointed a gun at him and threatened him to give

up his bike. But he did not give them the bike and fought back. Suddenly, one bullet

hit him, going from his right rib through to left rib, but he still fought back until

he took the gun from the robbers and shot back at them but they did not get hurt.

The robbers escaped into Wat Botum without taking the motorcycle and lost the gun

to the victim.

Oct 1: An unidentified robber was killed by Ry Chan, a moto-taxi driver,

at 11pm near Chay Chumnas school after two men armed with a knife tried to steal

his motorcycle. Chan fought back and took the knife, stabbing one of them. The other

escaped with the motobike.

Oct 1: Five people were shot dead by a gunman who they believed was a militia

soldier, who shot them while they were enjoying a drink with their relatives during

the Pchum Ben holiday at Kirivong district, Takeo. The gunman also tossed a grenade

into the house, attempting to kill one of the victim's wife and his children but

luckily the grenade did not explode. Police concluded the incident was prompted by

malice. The offender escaped without taking his gun.

- Summarized from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmei Kampuchea by Bou




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