Two Arrests Made in Killing, Armed Robberies

Phnom Penh penal police arrested two men Wednesday thought to be part of a gang involved in a series of armed robberies and a killing committed in the capital, municipal deputy police chief Pol Phiethey said Sunday.

You Sovann, 43, and Taing Koeun, 38, were arrested at their homes in Kandal province for multiple crimes, including robbing and killing businessman Keo Iv in July and robbing a Taiwnese national outside Phnom Penh’s Acleda Bank head­quarters in October, Pol Phiethey said. Police also confiscated two handguns during the ar­rests, but found no money or jewelry, he said.

He declined to give details as to where the two men were being held at present, citing the ongoing investigation.

The suspects are connected to three men who were charged Tuesday by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court for allegedly committing a string of armed robberies that netted an estimated $420,000, he said.

So far, police have arrested a total of six men thought to be involved in the same gang, but at least five more suspected members, including alleged ringleaders Mao Sanh and Kim Chadara, are still at large, he said.

“Our municipal police are working hard and cooperating with provincial police to find the remaining robbers,” Pol Phiethey said.


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