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Police Blotter: 22-october-2004

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OCTOBER 8: Four gunmen escaped after a nighttime robbery in Pang Teuk village,

Kampot province. Police said they robbed at least four houses and took $100 and a

Nokia phone from the landlords.

OCTOBER 9: A mob killed two suspected robbers while they were in a police

car returned from finding weapons hidden in Sre Nhor village, Dangkor district, Phnom

Penh. Police said the mob blocked the car and pushed the suspects down then they

killed them with sticks and knives. The suspects were arrested after they robbed

a family and stole 2.5 million riels.

OCTOBER 10: Pen Chem, 18, and Yang Phon, 14, were arrested and beaten nearly

to death by a mob after trying to escape on a stolen motorbike at 11:20 am at a pagoda

in Chak Chrouk village, Phnom Penh. Kheav Kallian, 24, said the suspects broke the

steering lock of his motorbike and drove out of the pagoda where he had parked to

offer food to the monks during Pchum Ben day. Phon died at Chantrea clinic and Chen

was expected to die soon from massive head injuries.

OCTOBER 10: Pinh Phana, 25, was sent to a hospital for treatment after being

knocked down during a nighttime revenge in Siem Reap province. Police said Phana

was struck on the head with an ax while returning home after arguing with three gangsters

at a karaoke parlor in the early evening. Police said the gangsters were angry as

Phana paid for the damage after they smashed chairs, tables and beer bottles during

the argument.

OCTOBER 10: Huot Chanthy, 27, died at a hospital after he was knifed at 7:20

pm in Boeng Salang commune, Phnom Penh. Police said Chanthy was stabbed several times

after coming to help his brother, Huot Chantha, 34, who was also stabbed in the stomach

while arguing with Ith Sokia, 26. Sokia became angry as Chantha complained about

the noise while his baby was crying.

OCTOBER 11: A mob killed Hoeun Tha, 30, after he was suspected of stealing

a cow at night in Ang Talak village, Kampong Speu province. Police said the owner

discovered the suspect entering the cow pen and then shouted for help from villagers

to stop the thief. The villagers surrounded Tha and arrested him and then beat him

to death as they could not control their anger.

OCTOBER 11: Hong Routha, 52, a motodop driver, was found dead on a bed at

a brothel in Cham Chao commune, Dangkor district, Phnom Penh. Police said Routha

died from dizziness after he drank too much beer the previous night. Police said

Routha came to visit the brothel after his relatives in the United State sent him

$100 for the Pchum Ben holiday.

OCTOBER 11: Thai military police fired on Khmer workers with M16 machine guns

in Boeng Pring village, Thmar Pouk district, Banteay Meanchey province. One of ten

workers, Souk Ponh, 32, was shot in the temple and died instantly while trying to

cross the border to find job in Thailand. Nguon Samnang, 35, was also shot and severely


OCTOBER 12: Two groups of gangsters made arrangements to attack each other

with knifes after arguing at a dance in the early evening in Thnoat village, Prey

Veng province. Police said at least three people were severely injured during the


OCTOBER 12: Chan Bunny, 24, was murdered at 3 am at a guest house in Tonle

Bassac commune, Phnom Penh. Police said Bunny was killed with a heavy knife while

arguing with his girlfriend who escaped after the murder. Bunny asked the girlfriend

for permission to go and visit his wife in Kampong Cham province during the Pchum

Ben holiday, but she refused and became angry. A neighbor heard the argument.

OCTOBER 13: Three people were burned in a fire at 2:30 a.m. in Tuol Sangke

commune, Russei Keo district, Phnom Penh. Police said the fire started inside a brothel

with gasoline and burned down 14 neighboring houses and killed three people. Among

the dead were Sam Sokha, 46, his wife, Ban Sokunna, 36, and a house keeper. They

were locked inside their house and unable to evade the blaze.

OCTOBER 13: Five gunmen escaped after committing nighttime robberies of at

least two houses in Khla Khaim village, Prey Veng province. Police said they robbed

a woman, Hem Hat, 55, of her 6.5 chi gold necklace, 5.2 chi platinum necklace, 3

watches and 500,000 riels in cash. Him Han, 35, was robbed of a 2.3 chi gold necklace.

OCTOBER 14: Yan Phat, 36, was found hanged from a tree at noon in O'Tanop

village, Battambang province. Police said Phat hanged himself because he had a family

crisis. A neighbor said Phat had no hope in his life and had tried to commit suicide

several times after his wife left him.

OCTOBER 15: Police arrested two robbers after a robbery at 10:30 a.m. in Kantrak

Thmey village, Siem Reap province. Police said Douk Sophearom, 21, and Heng Ngar,

18, tried to evade arrest after robbing a motodop driver, Chan In, 49, and escaping

on his bike. He said they temporarily blinded him with palm oil while he carried

them from Psar Krom.

OCTOBER 16: Two gunmen robbed a telephone shop on Monivong Boulevard in O'Russei

4 precinct, Phnom Penh. Sim Dalin, 29, said one of the robbers came to her shop and

collected five valuable phones then fired several shots over the shop before escaping

on a motorbike. Police said nobody was injured but a car parked in front of the shop

was damaged by bullets.

OCTOBER 16: Keo Vannak, 18, was arrested by a neighbor and later handed to

police after being accused of rape at 9:30 pm in Trapaing Thloeng village, Dangkor

district, Phnom Penh. Police said Vannak raped an 18-year-old garment worker while

she was drunk at a guest house. Vannak denied the rape and said he really entered

the house to give a massage as she had been drunk.

OCTOBER 16: Yan Yeat, 50, was shot dead with an AK-47 at 7:30 p.m. at his

house in Chamkar Chek village, Prey Veng province. Police said Yeat was shot twice

in the stomach and the thigh by an unknown man who escaped on foot. Police are investigating

and filing a complaint to arrest a neighbor for questioning as he recently argued

with Yeat over a business revenge.

OCTOBER 17: One garment worker died and 49 others were injured during an accident

at 7:10 a.m. while riding in a truck on National Road 21 in Tuol Krasaing village,

Kandal province. Police said the truck ran off the road and overturned in a lake

while driving from Saang district to their factory at Takhmau. The truck was driven

by Chak Chin, who escaped on a motodop.

OCTOBER 17: Two gunmen escaped after killing a man and stealing his motorbike

in Thmey village, Phnom Penh. Police said the man Poeu Phoungmony, 35, was shot in

the forehead with a K-59 handgun and died instantly while parking the bike to buy

sweets on Monireth Boulevard.

OCTOBER 17: Hak Samnang, 22, was knifed and severely injured during a drinking

argument at 3:00 p.m. in Prek Khsai village, Prey Veng province. Police said Samnang

was struck in the shoulder by Tham Tim, 17.



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