Police Blotter: 19 Jul 2012

Police Blotter: 19 Jul 2012

Student street rumble leaves two in hospital
A brawl exploded on the streets between two rival groups of students in Phnom Penh’s 7 Makara district on Tuesday, flinging rocks and batons at each other, much to the distress of surrounding witnesses. Police said they showed no fear for authority, and continued fighting even when police arrived on the scene. Neighbours and street vendors panicked, police said, and two of the young men were seriously injured. The men, about 18 years old, remain in serious condition in hospital. Police will question the two men when they are released, but the other students all fled the scene. Kampuchea Thmey

Police raid puts pair of meth dealers on ice
Two men will appear in court on drug-dealing charges after police swooped in on a large stash of crystal methamphetamine, or “ice”, in Kampong Cham town on Monday. Police, who had been monitoring the drug lab for months, said three men were preparing three large and 39 small packages of the drug for sale when the bust occurred. After being tipped off by a neighbour, police pounced on the crime scene, but the third suspect fled and is still on the run. Kampuchea Thmey

Cow-napping stymied by Battambang cops
A cow tethered in a rice paddy in Battambang town was pinched from its owner on Tuesday. The victim said he had left the cow alone while visiting a friend, but when he returned it had vanished. According to police, a 19-year-old man had stolen the cow and attempted to sell it at a market. However, his efforts were to no avail, as the vendor knew the cow’s true owner. She contacted police, who arrested the man and sent him to court. Koh Santepheap

Good hand = bad hand in card game gone awry
A 28-year-old man was violently stabbed in the hand after a card game with a friend turned ugly in Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kork district on Tuesday. According to police, the suspect lost his cool when he realised he had lost all of his money. He pierced his friend’s hand with a knife and tried to flee the scene, but police caught him and he admitted the crime. He has been sent to court. Koh Santepheap

Thieving motodop leads Kandal police on chase
Kandal Police are on the hunt for a motor-taxi driver who they allege robbed a 28-year-old male passenger in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district on Tuesday. Police said the suspect drove the victim to an isolated location, where he demanded all of the man’s money, but police patrolling the scene noticed and embarked on a chase. However, the man managed to dodge them and escaped. Deum Ampil

Translated by Sen David

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