Police Blotter: 25 Jan 2012

Police Blotter: 25 Jan 2012

Innocent bystander shot as soldier fires
A soldier in Pailin province’s Sala Krao district was responsible for shooting an innocent bystander last Thursday, when he was allegedly firing at a group of “gangsters”. Police said the soldiers were chasing off the group of  “gangsters” for causing trouble in the village, when a soldier fired his rifle eight times to scare them. One of the bullets allegedly ricocheted and struck the victim, who was sitting about 500 metres from the soldier, in the back. Police were considering legal action against the soldier who fired his weapon. KOH SANTEPHEAP

Men storm wedding with swords, cleavers
A group of men wielding swords, sticks and cleavers stormed a wedding party on Sunday night in Kampong Thom’s Kampong Svay district and left two men critically injured in a vicious attack. Police said the two victims, 18 and 20, were dancing when several men rushed into the party and hacked and beat the two men. The victims were rushed to hospital, while the attackers fled. Police said they are searching for the suspects. KAMPUCHEA THMEY

Broke reveller arrested for picking a pocket
A woman in her early twenties was arrested on Saturday in the capital’s Tuol Kork district after allegedly pick-pocketing another woman because she claimed she did not have enough money to celebrate Chinese New Year. Police said the suspect snatched more than US$100 from a 27-year-old woman who was buying vegetables at the Deum Kor market. The victim of the robbery caught the suspect and managed to detain her until police arrived to make an arrest. KAMPUCHEA THMEY

Man killed, four injured in high-speed crash
A high-speed chase resulted in the death of one young man, while four others were seriously injured on Sunday afternoon in Kampong Cham’s Stung Trang district. Witnesses said a group of five men in their late teens and early twenties, riding two motorbikes, were chasing another group of men down an unpaved road when they crashed into each other. The group being chased escaped, while one 20-year-old was left dead and four of his friends were seriously injured, police said. KAMPUCHEA THMEY

Police catch teens trying to sell stolen motorbike
Sampov Loun district police in Battambang sent four teenagers to provincial court on Monday on supicion of stealing a motorbike. On Saturday, a 48-year-old woman reported her motorbike missing to police. Police arrested four teenagers  attempting to sell the stolen bike in Banteay Meanchey province the next day. RASMEY KAMPUCHEA

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