Alleged Rapist Arrested After Nearly a Decade on the Lam

An alleged rapist was arrested in Kampot province on Thursday after nearly a decade on the run, according to police, who apprehended the suspect when he returned home to take a motorbike from his wife.

Dang Yuk, 37, was arrested just before dawn at his house in Chhuk district’s Kraing Sbov commune after his teenage son told commune police that his estranged father had returned home and made violent threats, said commune police chief Nuon Sophal.

“He threatened his wife and son because he wanted to take their motorbike,” Mr. Sophal said, adding that the son told investigators he had not known that his father was a wanted man.

Commune authorities were familiar with the old charges against Mr. Yuk, however, and transferred him to district police when they realized who he was, he said.

“We knew that an arrest warrant was issued for him a long time ago,” he said, explaining that Mr. Yuk stood charged with raping and robbing a woman in nearby Angkor Chey district in 2006, and that the provincial court had issued a warrant for his arrest the following year.

Where Mr. Yuk has been for the past decade is a mystery, Mr. Sophal said, adding that he did not know whether the suspect had returned to the area during that time.

“I just took the position [as commune police chief],” he said. “I don’t know if he had been sneaking into his house before this.”

Yi Sopheap, a deputy police chief in Dambok Khpos commune, where the 2006 rape and robbery is said to have occurred, said the only two local rape cases he could recall from that year did not match the description of Mr. Yuk’s alleged crime.

“We couldn’t find documents about that case,” he said.

Chhuk district police chief Samrith Seklavibol said his officers did not question Mr. Yuk before sending him to the provincial police headquarters on Thursday morning. Provincial police could not be reached.

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