Police Blotter: 1 July 2005

Police Blotter: 1 July 2005

JUNE 18: Nak Chea, 18, was arrested by a security guard who later handed him

to police after injuring a woman in a robbery at 2:40 p.m. in the old market, Phnom

Penh. Ry Sophy, 26, told police that Chea stabbed her in the neck with a knife after

she tried to resist as he attempted to steal her jewelry while leaving a public toilet.

Sophy was sent to Calmette Hospital for medical treatment.

JUNE 18: Nop An, 32, a construction worker, was taken to Chantrea Vuth clinic

for operation after being shot at 5:30 a.m. in a robbery in Boeng Thom village, Kandal

province. A witness told police that two gunmen stopped the path of the man and shot

him three times with a handgun because he tried to resist those people. The robbers

escaped empty-handed after police arrived.

JUNE 18: A motorbike taxi driver, Prum Visal, 25, was arrested for a murder

in Svay Park commune, Russei Keo district, Phnom Penh. Meas Sopheak, 30, told police

that Visal killed her 4-month-old female baby after denying to love him because she

has a husband and he is now overseas. Sopheak said her baby was stabbed once in the

chest with a knife and died instantly.

JUNE 19: Sman Chouk, 28, died instantly and a 13-year-old boy died at hospital

in Phnom Penh after an accident at 8:35 a.m. on National Road 5 in Prey Pis village,

Kampong Chhnang province. Police said a bus hit a small truck from behind and ran

it over while driving fast on the way from Phnom Penh. The accident also injured

seven passengers in the truck.

JUNE 20: Pinh Moun, 25, was sent to a provincial hospital for medical treatment

after being axed in a revenge attack while visiting his mother in Rokar Koang village,

Kampong Cham province. Police said Moun was chopped three times, in the neck, the

shoulder, and the arm by his brother, Pinh Veach, 31, who escaped after the assault.

Police said Veach was angry because Moun stopped him while he was trying to hit their

mother the previous year.

JUNE 20: Police arrested Sim Phon, 36, after he was accused of rape in Kauk

Romeat village, Banteay Meanchey province. Police said Phon raped a 16-year-old step-daughter

while her mother was staying in Thailand, where she worked as a worker. The girl

said she had been raped three times since she was a 14-year-old in 2003. She said

Phon threatened her with a knife every rape.

JUNE 21: Yous Yara, 24, was found dead in the early morning in Doeum Reus

village, Kandal province. Police said that Yara, who had been living in Takhmau town,

was murdered with a knife elsewhere and his body dropped there after persuading by

his friends who stole a motorbike and a gold ring.

JUNE 21: A widower, Leng Reth, 46, was found dead in the early morning at

his house in Lapeak village, Kampong Cham province. Police said Reth was stabbed

once in the chest with a knife while drunk. A neighbor, Duop Chruy, 35, told police

that the murder happened the previous night because she heard Reth shout for help.

The reason of the killing was not known.

JUNE 21: A beer girl, Hoeun Sreylen, 26, was found naked and dead in a room

at Lucky 2 guesthouse in Boeng Pralit commune, Phnom Penh. Bau Nan, the manager of

the guesthouse, said that Sreylen was brought in by a man in the early morning, but

he left after staying one hour with her. Police suspect the man killed Sreylen and

stole her jewelry and a telephone after having sex with her.

JUNE 22: Three gangsters escaped on a motorbike after killing a man in the

morning in Psar Doeum Thkau commune, Phnom Penh. A witness said the assailants, who

had held heavy knifes, attacked Tong Veasna, 22, while walking from school to his

home in Boeng Trabek. Police said revenge was the reason of the killing because they

escaped empty-handed after the assault.

JUNE 22: Thy Vanny, 21, was arrested while trying to escape after he and two

accomplices committed a nighttime robbery in Tumnop Teuk commune, Phnom Penh. Keo

Pisey, 23, told police that the robbers on a motorbike blocked her path and threatend

to kill her with a handgun, then they attempted to steal her motorbike. Police are

also looking for two others suspects.

JUNE 22: Cheng Sokhan, 23, was arrested for a murder he committed a year ago

in Boeng Kak 2 precinct, Phnom Penh. Police said Sokhan escaped after killing a recycling

vendor, Sok Chea, 53. Sokhan said he killed Chea with a stick because he tried to

chop him with a heavy knife while he was drunk.

JUNE 23: Tong Him, 33, was fatally gunned down while exchanging gunfire with

police after he and three other accomplices kidnapped Taing Auy, 43, and her son,

Sem Noiy, 18, three days earlier in Chong Daung village, Kampong Thom province. Sem

Srun, 47, told police that the hostage takers brought his wife and the son to a forest

and then telephoned him and demanded $5,000. Srun said after negotiation they agreed

to $3,500 ransom.

JUNE 23: Police took a motorbike taxi driver, Nang Mam, 29, to a hospital

after he was knifed during a robbery at 10:30 a.m. in Trapaing Raing village, Kampong

Cham province. Mam said his passenger, Nguien Yang Hai, 18, a Vietnamese national,

stabbed him in the shoulder then attempted to steal his bike. Police arrested Hai

while trying to escape after people shouted for help.

JUNE 23: Cheam Hen, 29, was found dead at 9:30 p.m. at her house in Thlat

village, Siem Reap province. Police said Hen poisoned herself with insecticide. She

left a message saying that she was hopeless because her boyfriend, identified as

Cham Um, 21, a construction worker, left her for another woman.

JUNE 25: Police arrested four managers after being accused of human trafficking

at the One World Massage Parlor in Monorom commune, Phnom Penh. Police said the arrest

came after a warrant issued by Nget Sarat, a deputy chief of prosecutor of Phnom

Penh court. Police rescued 56 Cambodian, 28 Vietnamese and 4 Chinese nationals. Police

said the hotel kept the girls for sexual services.

JUNE 26: Three robbers ran away after attempting to steal a motorbike at around

9 p.m. in Trapaing Chhouk village, Phnom Penh. A motorbike taxi driver, Keo Sambath,

23, told police that the robbers ordered him to stop and then stabbed him 13 times

with a bayonet, then attempted to steal his bike. Police took Sambath to Chantrea

Vuth clinic for medical treatment.

JUNE 26: Im Sophat, 31, was robbed of his motorbike while driving home at

around 6 p.m. in Trapaing Thloeung village, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Sophat

told police that three gunmen blocked his path and aimed a handgun at him, then shot

him once before escaping on his bike, Sophat said they shot one more time into the

air after police arrived.

JUNE 26: Luon Kim, 36, was sent to a clinic for treatment after being knocked

down while drinking wine with a neighbor in Tar Mao village, Prey Veng province.

A witness told police that Kim was struck with a stick by a 36-year-old man who became

angry because he wooed his wife while drunk. The assailant escaped.

JUNE 27: Police arrested Chhean Lon, 33, after killing a man at 6:45 p.m.

in Sam Roang village, Kampong Cham province. Lon confessed that he hid at the house

of Meth Mong, 45, and killed him with an ax because Meth stole his motorbike. Sngoun

Wang, a deputy chief of Ponhea Krek police district, said robbery was not the reason

for the killing because Lon escaped empty-handed. Wang said that Lon had been in

love with Mong's wife.

JUNE 28: Tap Heng, 25, was taken into custody for questioning after police

suspected him of killing her husband the previous night in Chambak Khpous village,

Kampong Thom province. Heng gave a wrong report to police that a thief killed her

husband, but she later confessed. Heng said she killed her husband because he argued

with her over a jealousy. Police said Khquek Sao, 23, was stabbed in the neck and

his throat had been cut with a knife while asleep after the argument.

JUNE 28: Choeun Sokhoeun, 27, was arrested after committing a robbery at 8:30

p.m. in Veal Vong village, Kampong Cham province. Police said Sokhoeun tried to escaped

on a stolen motorbike belonging to a woman, Siv Sopha, 35. Sopha said that Sokhoeun

knocked her down with a blow to the head with a stick while she was sitting on the

bike waiting for her sister. Police confiscated the bike and handed it back to the


- Translated from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmei Kampuchea by Aun



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