Fifth Suspect Arrested in Deadly Moto Robbery

Police on Tuesday arrested a fifth suspect in a December murder and motorbike theft, more than a month after two other suspects in the case were killed in a shootout with police.

Phnom Penh penal police chief Eng Sor­phea said that Him Sopheak, 23, was in military police custody af­ter being arrested by Chroy Chang­va district police in a rental home in Chroy Changva commune.

Hours after the brazen De­cember 11 robbery, in which a fabric dealer was killed for his Hon­da Dream mo­torbike, police stormed an open-air restaurant and shot dead two suspects in a gun battle.

Two oth­er suspects were arrested that day.

After the shootout, Phnom Penh military po­lice commander Rath Srieng said police believed six suspects, in­cluding the two arrested and the two shot in the firefight, were in­volved in similar incidents in Meanchey and Sen Sok districts.

However, Mr. Sorphea and Maing Sokluch, head of the mu­nicipal military po­lice’s penal bu­reau, de­clined on Wednesday to say whether oth­er suspects were still at large.

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