Police Blotter: 2 Jul 2012

Police Blotter: 2 Jul 2012

Gun-totting robbers nab two motos, one broken
Three men stole two motorcycles at gunpoint in Phnom Penh’s Chamkarmon district on Friday. Police said the trio had first robbed a 43-year-old man of his motorcycle, but the bike broke down. Then they pointed the gun at another passing motorcyclist. Two of the suspects escaped on the stolen vehicle, and the third suspect, a 17-year-old high school student was arrested after the victims called for help. Police said no victims were injured and they were looking for the other suspects. Nokor Wat

Cleaver-wielding bandits dodge justice
Three men tried to rob another trio in Phnom Penh’s Por Sen Chey district on Friday, chopping one with a cleaver in the process. The three victims were riding a motorcycle when the three alleged robbers forced them to stop by brandishing the cleaver and asked for money. Two of the three victims managed to escape and seek help in nearby villages. Villagers came to catch one of the suspects, while the others escaped. The victim who left at the scene suffered head injuries and was sent to hospital. The arrested suspect confessed to the crime. Nokor Wat

Vendettas and cleavers plague the capital again
A 39-year-old taxi driver hacked his 33-year-old colleague with a cleaver on Tuesday at a taxi stop in Phnom Penh’s Prampi Makara district. The two both worked at the stop, vying for passengers. The suspect confessed that the two had had an argument over passengers a few days before. When the suspect saw his rival on Tuesday, he hacked the man with a cleaver. The victim was seriously injured and hospitalised, and police sent the suspect to court. Koh Santepheap

Pride-induced slash attack yields no injuries
Four men chased and attempted to stab three others in Banteay Meanchey’s Poipet town. Police arrested a 27-year-old, who started the attack as he spotted the trio kicking his motorcycle. The four friends grabbed knives and chased the three, while police came to intervene. Police apprehended the chief offender, but everyone else escaped. No one was injured. Koh Santepheap

Robbers’ jungle hideout not so inconspicuous
Two men stole a motorcycle and hid it in a forest, but a soldier spotted the bike, and the two men were arrested on Friday in Preah Sihanouk’s Prey Nop district. Police said the two suspects, 23 and 24, stopped the victim on Tuesday, battered him with wooden sticks and forced him to surrender his bike. The pair then escaped on the motorcycle and hid it in the forest. Both men confessed to the crime. Koh Santepheap

Translated by Phak Seangly

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