Police in Phnom Penh have arrested three brothers for assaulting the occupants of a Lexus SUV, whom they mistakenly thought were traveling with their missing sister, Pov Theavy, a former presenter for CTN television network, police and a family member said Monday.
While visiting her family in Kandal province’s Kien Svay district Thursday evening, Pov Theavy stepped outside to make a call and has not been heard from since.
Later that evening, the TV presenter’s brothers—Pov Pisey, Pov Somnang and Chan Veasna—received a tip that their sister had been kidnapped and was being taken in a Lexus to Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district, said Pov Theavy’s sister, Pov Somphors.
Having spotted the Lexus they thought they were looking for, the brothers blocked the road with their Toyota Camry, but the SUV driver did not stop and crashed into their car, Pov Somphors said.
Meanchey district police chief Hin Narin said by phone Monday that police arrested the three brothers at the scene of the crash and charged them with assault.
“They have been sent to the [Phnom Penh Municipal] Court,” he said, declining to comment further.
Phnom Penh Municipal Court Chief Prosecutor Ouk Savouth declined to comment on the case.
As for the disappearance of Pov Theavy, who has a house in Phnom Penh, police said there is little progress in the case.
“I am trying to contact [Pov Theavy’s] father and ask him the exact address that she lives in Phnom Penh,” said Kien Svay district police chief Pa Sam Eth.
“Or her father can also file a complaint with Phnom Penh police where she lives,” he said.