Police Blotter: 17 Jan 2012

Police Blotter: 17 Jan 2012

•Samurai sword fight has riverside setting
Tourists and locals along Phnom Penh’s popular riverside area were shocked to see 10 men fighting each other with samurai swords on Sunday. Residents who witnessed the drama unfurl in Daun Penh district said the men were known to frequently disrupt public order and had taken out the swords and challenged each other to a fight. Some of the suspects involved in the violence  were injured and sent to hospital, witnesses said. However, all of them escaped before police could arrest them. Koh Santephap

•Driver hits and kills boy before fleeing scene
A boy, 6, was struck by a car and killed while crossing the road in Pursat town on Saturday. Police said the boy and another child were crossing the road when the accident happened. The boy died instantly. Instead of stopping, the driver of the car sped off from the scene. Residents claimed that the traffic police intervened too late, leading to the driver’s getaway. Kampuchea Thmey  

•Mystery as restaurant  worker found dead
A staff member at Mondulkiri restaurant in the capital’s Daun Penh district was found dead at his workplace on Saturday. His co-workers found him behind the restaurant and reported the case to the police. The cause of death was not clear, police said, and the case was under investigation. According to staff, the victim was not known to have any disputes with anyone. Rasmey Kampuchea

•Man stabbed five times on way to see friend
A 22-year-old man was stabbed five times while on his motorcycle in Phnom Penh’s Beong Trabek district on Sunday. The victim’s wife said he was going to visit a friend when an unknown assailant also riding a motorcycle stabbed him. Seriously injured, the man fell from his motorcycle. He was taken to hospital. Police are on the lookout for the assailant. Koh Santepheap

•Alleged drug traffickers and customers nabbed
Two alleged drug traffickers and seven drug users were sent to the Banteay Meanchey court on Saturday after they were arrested. Police said the group was detained last week after an investigation into their activities. A total of 145 packages of drugs were seized during the arrests, police said. Rasmey Kampuchea

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