Subscribe Search

Search form

Teen released after 12 days as hostage

Korn Pheaktra and his stepmother
Korn Pheaktra and his stepmother pose for photos at a provincial police station yesterday after being apprehended. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Teen released after 12 days as hostage

Police arrested a woman and her stepson for extortion on Tuesday after they allegedly kidnapped a teenager and demanded $650 ransom from her family.

Speaking yesterday, Kampong Cham penal police officer Major Sok Phearom, said that suspects Pol Chenda, 27, and Korn Pheaktra, 19, both from Kampong Cham province, were arrested at 11:45pm on Tuesday after holding Sak Menghour, 18, hostage for 12 days.

Phearom said the pair had lured Menghour, who is also from Kampong Cham, to a rental house in the province’s Prey Chhour district by inviting her on a trip to Phnom Penh on February 6.

“They later telephoned her parents demanding $400 for ransom,” Phearom said, “They ordered the victim’s parents to send the money via Wing [money transfer service] to them.”

Phearom said although the girl’s parents sent the cash, their daughter wasn’t freed.

“Two days later, they telephoned again to the victim’s parents and demanded 1 million riel [about $250] more, but the victim’s parents did not send it and instead filed a complaint to provincial police for intervention,” he said.

Coordinating with the parents, Phearom said police arranged a sting, allowing the pair to think they were collecting the ransom before swooping in on their hideout in Baray commune’s Trapaing Beng village, near the border of Kampong Thom province.

Following the raid, Menghour was reunited with her parents, he said.

Brigadier General Ben Rath, chief of the Kampong Cham provincial police, said that Chenda and Pheaktra were being detained at police headquarters for questioning and would be sent to the provincial court today.

“They were preliminarily accused by our police of kidnapping and extorting money,” he said.

“If they are found guilty, they shall face punishment of imprisonment for at least three years each,” he added.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Thy Sovantha threatens new suit

    Social media celebrity and card-carrying CPP member Thy Sovantha yesterday said she will file a lawsuit against wildlife NGO head Suwanna Gauntlett alleging discrimination after the latter allegedly denied her access to an ecotourism program the group is launching today in Koh Kong province. The

  • Police raid Siem Reap party, arrest 10 foreigners over ‘pornographic’ images

    A group of 10 foreign tourists appeared in court today after being arrested for producing “pornographic” photos in Siem Reap town on Thursday, while dozens more were detained temporarily and let go after being lectured on their behaviour, according to authorities. A report posted to the

  • Hun Sen’s in-law removed from RCAF after cockfighting rings raided

    Thai Phany, the nephew-in-law of Prime Minister Hun Sen who is accused of running two large cockfighting rings, has been removed as a general in the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces. Phany, formerly a one-star brigadier general, was removed by royal decree on December 19, according to

  • Government approves plan to relocate Phnom Penh’s airport

    The government has signed off on a proposal to build a new airport to serve Phnom Penh and has earmarked land in Kandal province for the $1.5 billion project. A new international airport to replace the existing Phnom Penh International Airport will be constructed on partially