Robbers armed with AK-47 rifles ambushed and killed Cambodian-American shoe factory manager Doseth Huang, 50, on busy Russian Boulevard Monday morning in what appeared to be a payroll heist, police said.
Doseth Huang was shot twice at close range after he was forced to pull his car over to the side of the road by three men riding on two motorcycles in front of the National Pediatric Hospital.
Witnesses said the robbers drove up beside the factory owner and, as he slowed his car, they opened fire, shooting through the windshield, hitting Doseth Huang in the chest and left hand. The manager of Intech Footwear Industry Co, Ltd, died at the scene, Deputy Municipal Police Chief Heng Pov said.
The victim had just withdrawn $70,500 from the First Commercial Bank to pay workers’ salaries and was returning to his factory in Tuk Thla commune, Russei Keo district, when the robbers struck, Heng Pov said.
Heng Pov reported late Monday evening that police had arrested two men allegedly involved in the robbery, and discovered a cache of weapons in Chaom Chau commune, Dangkao district.
Two AK-47s, two K59 and two K54 handguns, a fifth unidentified model handgun and two silencers were discovered, alongside five hand grenades and assorted ammunition, Heng Pov said.
“We found $20,000 belonging to the dead victim and confiscated $3,000 from each of the two robbers we arrested. The robbers confessed they shared $4,000 each,” Heng Pov said.
He added that police are searching for six more suspects involved in the attack.
Nong Savoeun, a workers’ representative at the Intech Footwear factory, said Monday that staff were due to be paid their monthly salaries on Wednesday.
“Mr Huang was shot dead by robbers today. We are very sorry about that, and none of us have been paid yet. We were to get paid on Dec 10. Now our boss is dead. What can we do?” Nong Savoeun said.
A witness who was playing football in front of the National Pediatric Hospital during the heist said the assailants were in their mid-20s and wore military-style jackets, under which AK-47s were hidden.
After shooting out the vehicle’s windows, one of the assailants reached into the car and retrieved a black plastic bag. They then drove in the direction of Phnom Penh International Airport, the witness said.