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Police hunting four men after Sihanoukville karaoke raid

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A violent robbery took place on Monday at a karaoke bar in Sihanoukville’s Commune IV. POLICE

Police hunting four men after Sihanoukville karaoke raid

The Preah Sihanouk provincial Military Police are on the hunt for four Chinese men who evaded arrest after a violent robbery at a karaoke bar in which six accomplices were detained.

A male Chinese member of staff was hospitalised after being assaulted in Monday night’s raid in Sihanoukville where $2,000 was stolen.

“The six men were arrested for using violence and intimidation to acquire money,” provincial Military Police deputy commander Keo Sophal said on Tuesday, adding that they would be sent to the Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court for due process.

Provincial Military Police judicial bureau chief Chheng Vuthy said on Wednesday that the suspects were still being questioned. No firearms were found following a search of the vehicle used in the robbery, he said.

A Military Police officer who spoke anonymously told The Post that witnesses said a Lexus SUV pulled up at the Booking Home Palace Karaoke Bar in Sihanoukville’s Commune IV late on Monday night.

Ten Chinese men then entered the establishment and stole $2,000 after intimidating the female Chinese cashier.

They returned to the waiting vehicle just as police arrived after being alerted by bystanders.

The Military Police arrested six of the gang before they could escape in the SUV. The other four fled on foot. However, the $2,000 was not recovered.

The six suspects were sent to Preah Sihanouk provincial Military Police headquarters for questioning.

Military Police confiscated seven mobile phones, two watches, a ring, some cash and other items, Fresh News reported.

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