Tattoo Artist Stabbed in Battambang Bar Fight

A Cambodian-American tattoo artist was stabbed to death by a friend during a drunken fight at a bar in Battambang City just after midnight on Sunday morning, police said.

The suspect, also a Cambodian-American, remains at large, according to city police chief Pang Heang, who said he remained unidentified.

Sek Sav­oeun, 35, was stabbed four times in the chest and torso at about 12:30 a.m. during a fight at Here Be Dragons bar, he said, speculating that the fight was due to “jealousy over a girl.”

Mr. Heang said Sek Savoeun and the suspect had been part of a group that had been drinking together since the evening when they began to fight.

After the stabbing, the suspect fled the bar on foot, threw the knife onto the roof of a neighboring building and jumped onto a motorbike, he said.

Sek Savoeun was put on a tuk-tuk and rushed to a private clinic in the city, but died soon after arriving, he added.

The owner of the bar and one of his employees declined to comment.

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