Police blotter: 2 Jul 2013

Police blotter: 2 Jul 2013

Rush to save one crash victim creates two more
In an unfortunately ironic road accident in the capital’s Daun Penh district, two young men were seriously injured yesterday when they were hit by a state-run ambulance taking another young man injured in a traffic accident to hospital. Focused on getting the wounded teenager care, the ambulance drivers did not see the men riding a moto in the same direction until it was too late, said police. Cops then had to call another ambulance to pick up all three wounded youths. Kampuchea Thmey

In capital: ‘Mob & Order: Special Vigilante Unit’
Police said they arrived just in time to spare a pair of phone thieves from the wrath of a Tuol Kork district mob on Friday. The two young thieves, both students, allegedly had snatched the phone of another student while she was using it on a motorbike. She immediately shouted for help, alerting a crowd, who caught the suspects and were preparing to teach them a lesson when police arrived. Koh Santepheap

Water vendor victim still facing drought of justice
Three young men apparently in need of drinking water on Saturday actually turned out to be thirsty for other Sen Sok residents’ money, police said. The trio stopped their motorbike at a streetside grocery and asked the grocer for a bottle of water, but instead of paying for the water, the youth who had dismounted snatched the store’s money box, loaded it onto the waiting bike, and escaped with his two friends, cops said. Police chased after them and managed to arrest one of them. Kampuchea Thmey

Construction workers drilled in M’kiri beating
As construction workers, two men in Mondulkiri’s Sen Monorom town were probably used to dealing with heavy tools and materials. But they were a little less used to those tools and materials being wielded against them. That and the fact that they were outnumbered two to one in a scuffle on Saturday meant that their adversaries’ attack by machete and wooden planks left them seriously worse for wear and hospitalised. Police suspect the four attackers, who escaped, were acting out of revenge. Kampuchea Thmey

In vino veritas – also in vino: hatchet assaults
A little friendly taunting ended unhappily in Pailin’s Sala Krao district on Saturday, with a drunken man hacking his friend with an axe. Police said the two buddies were drinking together at the younger one’s house when they began teasing each other. After a bit more wine, the gibes began to seem serious enough for the host to hack his guest in the forehead and armpit before fleeing. The victim was sent to hospital, and police are seeking the suspect. Kampuchea Thmey

Translated by Phak Seangly

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