One Killed in Vigilante Beating

One suspected jewelry thief was fatally wounded and another injured Friday morning after being caught by a mob on Mao Tse-tung Boulevard where their motorbike collided with a taxi, Tuol Kok district police said Monday.

A 17-year-old boy identified only as “Sna” died Saturday at Ko­samak Hospital after being beat­en by witnesses to the robbery, said Hang Borei, deputy district penal police chief.

His accomplice, Tep Ngahg, escaped the mob and sought refuge in a nearby police station, where he confessed to as many as five similar robberies this month, Hang Borei said.

The pair allegedly tore a gold necklace from a woman as they passed her on a motorbike, police said.

The victim’s husband gave chase and yelled for help, quickly drawing a large crowd on the busy street.


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