ALLEGED THIEVES PLUCKED BY POLICE
Two youths were detained by police in Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kork district Tuesday after they allegedly picked the pocket of a passing bike rider. Police said the two suspects managed to make a quick getaway, but officers eventually caught the pair after the victimised motorist shouted for help. The suspects allegedly admitted they had initially planned to rob a foreigner. However, they were unsuccessful, so they opted to rob a Cambodian instead. Police have sent the suspects to court. They also sent the robbery victim to hospital because she had tumbled off her motorbike.
WOMAN DRUGGED, ROBBED, COPS SAY
An 18-year-old woman was drugged and then robbed after she took a motorbike taxi home in Battambang province Tuesday, police said. Investigators say that the driver used “strong medicine” to drug the woman. He then allegedly robbed her and left her body near a lake in a nearby village. A boy found the woman and notified local police, who managed to track down the woman’s family. When the woman woke up, she said that she had lost US$50 in the incident, which occurred while she was travelling home alone.
TRAFFIC ACCIDENT KILLS SOLDIER
A Royal Cambodian Armed Forces soldier died and two of his friends were seriously injured in a traffic accident along National Road 4 as they were heading to Kandal province from the capital Tuesday. Police said they sent the victims to hospital, where the soldier died. They said the driver of the other vehicle involved in the accident was not injured and managed to flee the scene on foot. Police held on to both cars in the hope of working out some kind of resolution between the two affected parties. They declared that the crash occurred because of carelessness and speeding.
TRAFFIC TRAGEDY IN DAUN PENH DISTRICT
A 9-year-old girl is dead after a multi-vehicle crash in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district Tuesday, police said. Investigators said the girl and her mother were travelling home in a tuk-tuk. However, a motorbike somehow slammed into the tuk-tuk, causing the carriage to fall over and sending the 9-year-old tumbling onto the road. Then a third vehicle, a car, crashed into the prone girl, killing her instantly. The mother was seriously injured as well. She cried over the loss of her young daughter, and witnesses also said they felt very sorry. Police have apprehended the motorbike driver who crashed into the tuk-tuk.