Police Blotter: 12 September 1997

Police Blotter: 12 September 1997



Aug 24: Seth Vicheth, 32, a moto-taxi driver, was severely wounded by five

robbers who attempted to steal his bike at 12:15 am on Russian Blvd in Sangkat Touk

Laok I. He was hired by three robbers who told him to stop and pointed a gun at him,

but he kicked one of them unconscious and the others shot him a few times. The offenders

escaped without taking the motorcycle.


Aug 24: Four burglars - Chan Rath, 19, Ieng Leang, Phy Phoeun, Sok Pirom

and Keo An, 25 - were arrested by military police after they stole three motorcycles

at the Chok Rath hotel. The source said Chan Rath, a security guard of the hotel,

let his accomplices take three motos from the warehouse when he was on duty. Police

confiscated four guns and some tools. Two others escaped.

Aug 25: Hong Sarith, 15, died by drowning after he enjoyed swimming in

the lake behind his house in Phsar village Kampong Cham province. The witness said

that the victim was swimming with long trousers and an inner tube, but he became

tired and sank.

Aug 25: Viny Sola, a Chinese man committed suicide by hanging himself in

room #2009 of the Lido hotel. Police concluded that he committed suicide after losing

money gambling at the Holiday International casino.

Aug 25: En Sothy, 24, was wounded by a female robber who stabbed him in

the back on the way to Kampong Cham province in Tbmong Kmom district. Sothy said

that he was hired for 15,000 riels to take her to Mimot district. The female robber

was wounded when Sothy fought back. The offender denied that she was a robber, but

the eyewitnesses said that she was. Both were sent to a nearby hospital.

Aug 26: Chum Chon, 32, was seriously wounded by an unidentified gunman

who shot at him and his sister in his house at 8:30 pm in Cheung Prey disrtict Kampong

Chham province. His sister did not get hurt. Police said that the incident was promoted

by malice. The offender escaped.

Aug 27: Teng Reth, 36, a soldier, was wounded by three robbers carrying

long guns who came into his house and tied him up at gun-point at 3:15 am in Sangkat

Boeung Kok I Khan Toul Kok. Reth was beaten and the robbers threatened to blow up

his family with a grenade if they moved. The offenders escaped with one Icom radio,

200,000 riels, $5,000 and 6.5 Damlung of gold.

Aug 29: Ouch Sinath, 24, was seriously wounded by two robbers who bludgeoned

him with a hatchet at Wat Saroung, Kandal province. The victim said that he was hired

by two robbers to take them to Takmao. The offenders escaped with the victim's motorcycle


Aug 31: A five year-old girl, Gnweng Thy Ieng, was killed by an unidentified

person who hanged her in the window of a classroom in Toul Svay Prey school at noon.

The victim's mother said that the offender murdered her daughter for a $10 earring.

Sep 1: Khung Chally, 53, a director of the Asia New Co, was arrested by

police with a warrant from the Municipal court. Police said that Chally had been

involved in a murder at Pich Nil mountain and had cheated a medical company in China

for about $921,000 before escaping to Cambodia and setting up Asia New Co.

Sept 1: An unidentified robber was killed by police after he and an accomplice

robbed a moto-taxi driver near Mohamondrey pagoda. Police said that they saw the

two rob the victim and asked them to stop, but they sped up so police decided to

shoot them - killing one. The other escaped with the victim's motorcycle.

Sept 1: Prak Vuthy, 22, Kim Chanly, 22, Hok Leng, 22 and Yean Vuthy, 17

- who allegedly raped a 17-year-old girl - were arrested by soliders in Kampong Cham

town. The victim said that she was abducted by seven people on the way home with

a friend at 7pm. Her friend jumped off the bike on the way, so they took only her

to a pagoda and raped and beat her until she was unconscious. Police confiscated

four motorcycles. The three others have not yet been arrested.

Sept 2: A 15 year-old girl, Ly Davy, was rescued by police from a brothel

in Khien Svay district, Kandal province. Police said that a moto-taxi driver reported

the case and that they came to arrest a pimp and the prostitutes, because they collaborated

to beat the victim and forced her into selling herself. The victim said that she

was threatened by the pimp and the girls and told not to tell the police about her

abduction. Police said that when they found the girl it appeared that she had been


Sept 2: Meas Sangha, 37, an amputee and moto-taxi driver, was killed by

robbers at 1:13 pm in Krang Mkak village, Kandal. Police said that they had seen

the victim carrying two people on his bike and that they shot him twice afterwards.

The offenders escaped with the victim's motorcycle.

Sept 2: Ten kidnappers were arrested in a police sweep for a series of

abductions in Phnom Penh. The arrests took place in Phnom Penh, Banteay Meanchey

and Takeo. Colonel Ek Krit, a police officer, said that they kidnapped and received

ransoms for: Tang Heng Kong- $10,000; Yong Vitu, 10, a son of a gold seller - $30,000;

Mao Nynimal, 14, a daughter of a gold seller - $20,000 and Soum Sam Oul, 14, a son

of the Rendezvous restaurant owner - $30,000. The kidnappers confessed that they

had robbed six times. Police confiscated three cars, one short gun, two military

uniforms, one bullet-proof vest and one chest webbing.

Sept 3: Five shops burned down in the Tuol Kok red-light district at 8

pm. The buildings were owned by Finance Ministry employee Som Cnareun and were rented

to brothel operators. Initially the fire was blamed on an electrical short-circuit,

but some witnesses reported that they thought it was arson because the flames seemed

like petrol burning. The owners of the brothels escaped.

Sept 4: Khem Socheta, 17, died after being run down by a logging truck

while on the back of her friend's Charly motorcycle. The witness said that the truck

turned onto Russian Blvd and that its back wheel ran over her head and also injured

her friend. The driver was arrested later.

- Summarized from Khmer newspapers Koh Santepheap and Rasmei Kampuchea by Bou



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