Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Police hunting four men after Sihanoukville karaoke raid

Police hunting four men after Sihanoukville karaoke raid

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
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.

MOST VIEWED

  • NagaWorld casinos set to reopen, schools to follow

    NAGACORP Ltd has requested that it be allowed to reopen its NagaWorld integrated resorts in Phnom Penh after the government recently approved casinos to operate again, provided they follow Covid-19 prevention measures set by the Ministry of Health. Mey Vann, the director-general of the Ministry

  • ASEM supports Kingdom’s proposal to postpone meeting amid Covid

    The 13th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM13) scheduled to be held in Cambodia in November has been postponed until mid-2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation press statement released on Saturday said. The decision was made during a two-day meeting

  • Coffee maker roasted for producing fake product

    The Ministry of Interior’s Counter Counterfeit Committee will send a suspect to court on Monday after she allegedly roasted coffee mixed with soybeans and other ingredients, creating a product which could pose a high risk to consumers’ health. On the afternoon of July 2, the

  • Cambodia armed with money laundering laws

    Money laundering will now carry a penalty of up to five years in prison while those convicted of financing terrorists will be jailed for up to 20 years, according to new laws promulgated by King Norodom Sihamoni and seen by The Post on Thursday. Comprising nine

  • Schools to be reopened in ‘three stages’

    With guidance from Prime Minister Hun Sen, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, is in the process of reopening schools in three stages. But no timeline has been set, ministry spokesperson Ros Soveacha said on Thursday. Soveacha said the first stage will be to

  • Thai border crossings eased

    The Cambodian Embassy in Thailand said in an announcement on Wednesday that Thailand’s government has allowed certain passengers from several countries to enter its borders. The visitors must go back to their country immediately after their duties in Thailand are fulfilled, the embassy said.

  • Gov’t says tourism recovers slightly despite pandemic

    The Ministry of Tourism and the Phnom Penh municipal administration have recognised 33 tourism businesses in the capital which have consistently implemented safety measures for tourists and adhered to the code of conduct issued by the ministry. Recently, the ministry announced that tourism businesses had to

  • Mull ASEAN border opening, PM urges

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has requested that ASEAN launch a scenario for gradually reopening cross-border travel and trade between countries in the region. He said ASEAN has had more success combating Covid-19 compared to other regions. The prime minister’s request was made at the

  • Ministry reports 11 new Covid-19 cases, reiterates vigilance

    Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng has urged people to continue practising virus prevention techniques after 11 people tested positive for Covid-19 within two days after arriving in the Kingdom. Speaking on Sunday, Bun Heng stressed the importance of washing hands, wearing masks or scarves when

  • Koh Rong land ‘belongs to firm’

    Preah Sihanouk Provincial Administration spokesperson Kheang Phearum told The Post on Sunday that the 35ha being bulldozed by Royal Group Co Ltd in Koh Rong belongs to it after it was leased to it for 99 years by the government in 2008. Phearum said the land does