Two gunmen attacked a 51-year-old woman and her daughter while they were in their car on Thursday evening in Phnom Penh’s Chamkar Mon district, making off with almost $8,000 in cash and valuables, a police official said yesterday.
Koy Khannarith, Tuol Svay Prey II commune police chief, said that Lor Sreymom, 51, and Lay Chenda, 30, who both manage a jewelry booth inside Phsar Olympic, had just finished a day at work when they decided to go and get their hair washed at a nearby hairdressing parlor.
When they returned to their car at about 5:50 pm, they were confronted by two armed men, who proceeded to take $1,000 in cash from them as well as a necklace, bracelet and a ring being worn by the two women.
“While robbing the victim, one of the suspects hit Ms Sreymom on her arms with his gun,” said Mr Khannarith, adding that police had not yet found any suspects but were busy looking.
Mr Khannarith said that after the robbers had taken the items, Ms Sreymom shouted for help to bystanders. Upon hearing her shouts, one of the suspects shot his gun into the air, he said.
Mr Khannarith said the theft could have been worse, but the two women were lucky to have given their jewelry stock to a relative to keep it safe before setting off for the salon.
Ms Sreymom and Ms Chenda did not respond to several attempts to reach them yesterday.
A police official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to talk to the press, said that the men had escaped on two motorbikes. He also said that police had received information that the suspects had fled to Kandal province, but declined to elaborate.
The attack is not the first such robbery to take place in Phnom Penh. In February last year, two armed men on motorbikes robbed a merchant of more than $63,000 worth of gold and cash at Champou Voan market in Dangkao district.