Two Suspects Arrested Over Kidnap of Local Land Dealer

Police arrested one man in Thai­land and another in Cambodia this week after the pair kidnapped a land dealer last month in Phnom Penh and demanded a $10,000 ransom, officials said on Wednesday.

Pretending to be interested buyers, the men abducted Chea Narin, 57, upon meeting him on a plot of land in Pur Senchey district’s Choam Chao commune on Janua­ry 13, according to Bun Sathya, chief of the municipal police’s mi­nor crimes bureau.

“The suspects asked the victim, who worked as the land dealer, to meet them,” he said. “One of them point­ed a handgun at the victim’s head, then they grabbed the victim and pushed him to the car.”

The suspects—Nou Chanly, 28, and So Chamroeun, 32—told Mr. Na­rin they would kill him unless he gave them $10,000, Mr. Sathya said.

“They threatened to kill the victim unless his family brought the mon­ey to them,” he said, adding that the pair eventually agreed to ac­cept $6,000.

“The suspect was forced to call his daughter to tell her to bring the mon­ey to them,” Mr. Sathya said. “They took $6,000 from the victim’s fam­ily and then sped off in the car.”

Po­lice arrested Mr. Chanly on Mon­day while he was walking down a street in the same commune where he allegedly carried out the crime, Mr. Sathya said, add­ing that he then helped police lo­cate his partner in crime.

“We let them communicate with each other on the phone, and then the Interior Ministry’s internal security department tracked his mobile sig­nal to find his location,” he said.

Loek Sokha, deputy Oddar Mean­chey pro­vincial police chief, said his officers were then in­formed that Mr. Chamroeun had plans to flee to Thailand on Tues­day. Thai po­lice apprehended the sec­ond suspect as soon as he crossed the O’Smach International Check­point, he said.

Both men confessed to the crime and were questioned at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday, Mr. Sathya said, adding that questioning would continue today.

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