Suspects Caught for Murder of University Student

Phnom Penh police have arrested two of three suspects thought to be behind the shooting of a university student killed in his car while attempting to save his sister and his fiancee during an armed robbery.

Police caught the two suspects, Oum Suosdey, 34, and Chan Sovann, 18, separately on Wednesday afternoon, said Tey Visal, deputy chief of the municipal police’s serious crimes bureau.

Mr. Suosdey, also known to police as “Kbal Thom the Killer,” was a prison escapee wanted since 2015, Mr. Visal said.

Both suspects confessed after their arrests and will be sent to the municipal court for questioning today, he said.

Authorities found Mr. Suosdey in a rented room at Chbar Ampov district’s Niroth commune on Wednesday at about 1:30 p.m. and, after questioning him, tracked down Mr. Sovann, also known as “Pet,” in Meanchey district’s Boeng Tompun commune at about 4 p.m., he said.

Authorities confiscated three firearms and an iPhone.

Mr. Visal said police had identified a third suspect, but a search in Kompong Speu province was unsuccessful.

The suspects were repeat offenders behind a series of jewelry, motorbike and car robberies, he said.

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