•Home robbery takes violent turn
A couple were seriously injured in a home invasion by a group of 4 to 5 men on Friday night in Prey Veng’s Kampong Trabeng district. According to the 33-year-old wife, the burglars broke in and interrogated the couple. The couple claimed they had nothing of value, leading the burglars to slash her husband’s throat twice with an axe. She then turned over some jewelry and half of her savings. However, the burglars were convinced she had more money hidden and shot her in her right leg and chest. She eventually turned over all of her savings.
•Defaulting debtor stabs beneficiary
A 62-year-old woman was arrested after stabbing a 59-year-old woman in a dispute over money on Friday in Svay Reang’s Kampong Svay district. The woman had borrowed 500,000 riel from the victim, but had only returned 200,000 riel. The victim repeatedly asked for the money, but the debt was not paid. Finally, the victim tried to take a bag of rice from her instead. The woman stabbed her seven times, nearly killing her. The victim is in the hospital, while the woman is in jail awaiting trial.
•Desperate and destitute man tricks, kills friend
A man was arrested after murdering his colleague on Friday in Preah Sihanouk’s Preah Sihanouk district. According to the man, he was deep in debt, so hatched a plan to kill his colleague and rob him. He invited his colleague out for drinks and slit his throat once he became drunk, driving off with his motorbike. He was arrested at a pawn shop seven hours later, after police acted on a tip from an eyewitness. The suspect is in jail awaiting trial.
•Police nab German tourist’s bag snatcher
A 23-year-old man was arrested after stealing a bag from a German woman on Saturday in Preah Sihanouk’s Preah Sihanouk district. The woman had left her bag on the beach while she went for a swim. When she noticed the man taking her bag, she scrambled out of the water and attempted to pursue him. She alerted police, who blocked his escape.
•Motorbike robbery pays high dividends
A young woman was robbed in a drive-by robbery on Saturday in Phnom Penh’s Chamkar Morn district. While she was driving home on her motorbike, four men drove up to her, and kicked her, causing her to fall. The suspects then threatened her with a gun and took off with her motorbike. She not only lost her motorbike, but she had US$1,500 stashed under her seat.