Police Blotter: 26 August, 1994

Police Blotter: 26 August, 1994


Aug 8

: Two offenders, dressed in military uniforms, stop a moto-taxi driver at 2 pm and ask him for a fine of 10,000 riel for riding on a banned street. After tough bargaining, the offenders ask the moto-taxi driver for his driving license. While he is taking it out, one of the men pulls out a gun and robs the taxi driver of his c70 motorcycle.

Aug 10: A Royal Government helicopter goes out of control and crash lands from an altitude of about 1,000 meters. The accident happened in Kompong Chhnang some 10 km from the provincial airport after the steering unit jammed. The skill of the pilot in bringing the chopper down saves the 25 passengers, travelling from Preah Vihear, from serious injury.

Aug 11: Khan Chamkamon police arrest Vietnamese national Kim Chantha, 36, (nicknamed Toung) after he allegedly poisoned moto-taxi driver Hoy Suy, 28, to rob his c50 Honda motorcycle at the corner of Streets 300 and 103 in Sangkat Beong Keng Kang II, Khan Chamkamon, Phnom Penh. Toung confesses that Suy picked him up from Psar Thmey market and when they arrive at the Phnom Penh red light district of Toul Kork, he ask the moto-taxi driver to have a few drinks with him before they went on.

While drinking, Toung allegedly slipped poison in Suy's beer. Seeing Suy feeling unwell, Toung offers to drive him home on the taxi driver's motorbike. When they arrive at a quiet place, Toung dumped Suy on the street and tries to escape, but is caught on the spot by the patrol police.

Aug 12: Patrol police in Khan Toul Kok arrests a Vietnamese offender after he stabbed and killed a woman during a burglary attempt at a house on Street 223 in Sangkat Psar Deum Ko, Khan Toul kok, Phnom Penh.

Aug 12: Three offenders carrying a handgun rob moto-taxi driver Sor Samnang, 23, of his c50 Honda motorcycle at 6:30 am near the Cambodiana hotel in Sangkat Tonle Bassac, Khan Chamkamon after he gave lifts to the three from Psar Deum Ko market, Phnom Penh.

Aug 12: A GMC car carrying passengers and goods from Phnom Penh is looted by 20 Khmer Rouge guerrillas at 9:30 am in Anyea Chambok commune, Krako district, Pursat. The gang escaped after taking a large amount of the passengers' property, but nobody is hurt.

Aug 13: The Phnom Penh Crime Suppression Unit in cooperation with civilian and military police in Russei Keo district arrest four offenders in Bat Deng village, Uddong district, Kompong Speu, and recover a white Land Cruiser. The gang stole the vehicle at gunpoint on Aug 12 from Belgium national Jan Wanderstein, an adviser to the UN Secretary General's Special Representative in Cambodia. Wanderstein and his wife were coming home from dinner and were waiting for the guard to open the gate of their house on Street 590 in Sangkat Beong Kak II, Khan Toul Kork, Phnom Penh when the robbery took place.

Aug 13: Villagers arrest Vietnamese national Nguyen Yang You, 23, while he and two other gang members are attempting to burgle a house in Beong Salang village, Russei Keo district, Phnom Penh at 7:30pm. Neighbour spotted the thieves at work offenders' activity and surrounded the house. The other two offenders escaped after firing shots in the air from a handgun.

Aug 14: A 50-year-old unnamed government official is shot and killed at 1 am by two Vietnamese prostitutes while he is sleeping after having sex with the pair at his fruit field in Kbal Koh commune, Kien Svay district, Kandal. The man is a resident in Phnom Penh working for an unidentified ministry. The women found an AK-47 and a K59 handgun at the man's cottage to use as murder weapons. They stole these along with a Cub Honda motorcycle, a gold necklace, a wrist watch and some money belonging to the man and escaped.

Aug 14: Two offenders aboard a cyclo, one dressed in military uniform and armed with a K59 handgun and a grenade, rob City Social Action Service worker Hay Sarin, 50, of his c50 motorcycle on Street 128, Phnom Penh. The offenders escape but leave behind the unexploded grenade.

Aug 15: A twenty-four meter section of track at Kilometer 291 in Otaki commune, Battambang district, Battambang is blown up at midnight by two TNT timebombs which are believed to be laid by the Khmer Rouge guerrillas. On Aug 11, the guerrillas blew up a 200-meter section of track in Andong Chenh village, Samaki commune, Battambang town. According to the Battambang Provincial Police Station, the rail road in Battambang has suffered from attacks by the Khmer Rouge constantly, causing the rail road traffic between Battambang and Pursat to be cut off for two weeks now.

Aug 15: An unidentified offender fires three rounds from an AK-47, killing construction worker Chrek, 48, at 7:30 pm while he is returning from work in Veng village, Makak commune, Phnom Penh district, Kandal. Police say they are having a hard time tracking the criminal but believe a personal vendetta is behind the murder.

Aug 16: Ngim, 25, a villager in Sdaw village, Dei Eth commune, Kien Svay district, Kandal, commits suicide at 12:45 pm by taking two bottles of liquid poison after allegedly having been badly treated by her husband and his family. Ngim married a construction worker called Peou and the couple have a six-month-old son. The body of the victim is full of bruises after she was allegedly beaten by her husband and her brothers-in-law and parents-in-law. Witnesses say Ngim had earlier tried to poison her son, but he was rescued in time. Villagers reveal that Ngim's husband and his family had left her body caked in dung in a cow shed and condemned her as crazy. Compassionate villagers rescued the body and gave Ngim a proper burial at Wat Sdaw after monks' prayers. Witnesses say twice the woman, who was in the early stages of pregnancy, died from repeated beatings from twice-married Peou. Police are now investigating.

Aug 16: Four offenders, one dressed in military and another in police uniform, riding on two motorcycles and armed with a K59, rob Bun Sreng, 26, of his c90 Honda motorcycle at 4 pm on Mao Tseng Tung bvd in Sangkat Tuk Laak III, Khan Toul Kok, Phnom Penh.

Aug 16: Military Police in Phnom Penh recover a Land Cruiser belonging to the International Rice Research Institute and arrest some offenders at 2 pm in Sangkat Beong Salang, Phnom Penh. The vehicle was stolen that morning Teng Touch, 49, the driver for the deputy chief of IRRI, by three offenders each with a handgun on a c100 motorcycle, at the corner of Streets 310 and 63 in Sangkat Beong Keng Kang I, Khan Chamkamon, Phnom Penh.

Aug 17: Police find the decapitated body of a man floating in the Mekong river in Prek Ta Ong village, Lovea Em district, Kratie. Police say the man had been murdered five days before. His hands had been tied behind his back and he had been repeatedly stabbed before his head was chopped off. Police say they are still investigating but suspect a personal vendetta.

Aug 17: Five offenders, four dressed in military uniform, armed with a K54 handgun, rob Mang Dara, 33, working for the Land Titles Department, of his c100 Honda motorcycle at 3:25 pm on Charles de Gaulle Blvd in Sangkat Orussei II, Khan 7 Makara, Phnom Penh.

Aug 18: Moto-taxi diver Sin Kim Yan, 35, is cut and wounded at 4:50 am with an ax by two offenders who rob his Sanyang motorcycle. He had stopped to picked up the men on Street 103 in Sangkat Beong Keng Kang III, Khan Chamkamon, Phnom Penh when the attack took place. At 7:10 am, three other offenders carrying a hand gun rob a woman of her Cub Honda motorcycle on Street 63 in Sangkat I, Khan Chamkamon, Phnom Penh.

- Summarized and translated from Khmer-language newspapers by Moeun Chhean Nariddh.


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