Police Blotter: 14 March 1998

Police Blotter: 14 March 1998

Feb 21: A Vietnamese-American Ly Broun Son was arrested after police received

a complaint document from the FBI that accused him of burning his son in the United

States on Feb 27, 1996 as part of an insurance scam. He then escaped to Phnom Penh.

The police arrested him near Pet Chen, Phnom Penh.

Feb 24: Seventeen villagers were abducted by a group of bandits in an attempt

to get ransom. The incident took place at Kroch Chhmar district Kampong Cham province.

On Feb. 25, six of the villagers were released to find money to give to the bandits.

Feb 27: Two robbers were killed and one was arrested by police after they

attempted to rob a moto-taxi driver carrying a foreigner and his girl friend. The

woman ran off and sought help but she was wounded by the robbers. When the police

arrived the robbers escaped into the Faculty of Medicine. Two of them were shot dead

in the toilet and one was arrested as he hid in a sewer pipe.

Feb 27: Ly Sean, a CMAC doctor, was shot dead by Kong Ty Lorn, 27, a Kampong

Cham medical intern at the victim's house at 12:30 pm at House 71 St. 204, Toul Kok

district. The victim's god-daughter said that the offender came to ask back a loan

that he had given to Sean's wife, in order to transfer jobs for him and his wife

from Kampong Cham to Phnom Penh at Kantha Bopha hospital. The "loan" was

for $2000.

Mar 1: Three drug smugglers were killed and two arrested by the anti-drug

police in Khan Daun Penh near Lucky Supermarket. Two of the dead men were killed

in an exchange of gunfire and one committed suicide by exploding a grenade to his

head so that his head was blown off. Police seized 5000 amphetamine tablets, three

pistols and one motorcycle. Sources said they were all criminal police from Pailin.

Mar 2: Gen Keo Vanna, 52, deputy chief of cabinet strategy committee for

the commander-in-chiefs was shot at by moto riders on road 598, Sangkat Phnom Penh,

Russey Keo district. His car was damaged by the bullets but he did not get hurt.

Mar 2: Two policemen were killed and five wounded after they opened fire

with soldiers at Sras Trochiea Chet (the Pond of the Cold Heart) in Poipet. The fighting

happened after they had an argument in a drinking shop.

Mar 4: An unidentified body was found in a rice paddy at Trapang Andas

village, Kampong Speu. The police found that the victim, wearing a soldier's uniform,

had been hit by three bullets.

Mar 5: Sin Khoeun, 38, a public servant of Kien Svay culture department,

committed suicide by shooting himself behind his house in Chhroy Dong village, Kandal.

Mar 7: Twenty-one houses were destroyed by fire at 21:30 pm near Stung

Meanchey bridge on Street 271, Sangkat Boen Salang, Toul Kok. The fire was caused

by a kerosene lamp in a brothel. A pimp escaped when the fire started.

Mar 7: Tem Young, 36, was killed by Hen Young, 37, who struck him with

a hatchet ten times at a drinking place. A source said that the offender carried

a hatchet and struck the victim five times and when the victim fell down he added

five more. The incident took place at Mok Kampol district, Kandal.

Mar 7: Tang Ly Chenh, 8, was kidnapped by an offender who demanded a $50,000

ransom. The offender was a moto-taxi driver who was taking the victim and her brother

to Mohamontrey pagoda. But when they arrived he dropped his cap and when the brother

went to pick it up he drove off with the victim. After that he demanded that her

parents give him $50,000 to release her.

- (Summarized from Koh Santepheap and Rasmei Kampuchea by Bou Saroeun.)

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