PHNOM PENH THIEVES ARRESTED OVER $2.50
Two men were arrested for extorting money from a garment worker in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district on Saturday. The victim said that he was approached by the two suspects, who demanded 10,000 riels from him. The victim gave them the money when the two men threatened him with a knife. Police said the suspects are known to have robbed other people in the area before.
ROBBERS ROCK UP IN POLICE CUSTODY
Three men were arrested in Phnom Penh on Monday after attempting to rob people near Wat Phnom while wielding rocks. A 39-year-old man and his girlfriend were peacefully sitting in the gardens surrounding Wat Phnom when the suspects approached them and threatened them with rocks, witnesses said. When the victims shouted for help, the suspects started to flee the scene but were apprehended by witnesses before being handed over to police.
MAN IMPRISONED FOR TAKING BOY HOSTAGE
A man in Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kork district was sent to prison on Monday for extortion and abducting the nephew of his ex-girlfriend. The incident occurred in February this year when the 36-year-old lured the boy out of his school and illegally detained him because the boy’s parents had broken up his relationship with his ex-girlfriend. The suspect told the court that he loved his ex-girlfriend and wanted to use the boy as bait to lure her back. However, he denied extorting money from his girlfriend’s family.
MISTRESS CAUSES WOMAN’s COLLAPSE
A Vietnamese woman in Preah Sihanouk province died from a heart attack on Monday after she had an argument with her husband. The woman had confronted her husband about the possibility of his keeping a mistress. Not feeling well, she passed out and died suddenly. Not finding any signs of injury inflicted on her body, police suspect that she died from a sudden heart attack.
SUSPECTED PUSHER PLAYS POVERTY CARD
A man in Battambang province has been sent to court after police found 100 yama pills at his guesthouse on Sunday. The suspect, from Toul Taek commune, confessed to police that he sold the drugs to students and construction workers for 17,000 to 20,000 riels per pill. He added that he engaged in such illegal activity because he was poor and needed to feed his family. He is in prison awaiting trial.