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Vietnam police arrest suspect in rare armed bank heist

Sunday, December 18, 2016, 18:05 GMT+7

Police have nabbed a man suspected to rob a bank with a gun in Vietnam earlier this month, after almost two weeks of tracking him.

The suspect, Nguyen Hoang Tam, 29, was captured in the central city of Da Nang on Sunday morning, Le Quoc Hung, director of the police department in Thua Thien-Hue Province, where the armed robbery took place, confirmed to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper the same day.

Hung added that Thua Thien-Hue police officers will take Tam back to their province for investigation.

Tam was apprehended when he was inaugurating a dietary supplement store with her wife in Thanh Khe District, Da Nang, Dang Ngoc Son, deputy director of the Thua Thien-Hue police department, said on Sunday afternoon.

Police officers had spent days searching thoroughly for him since the robbery happened and panicked locals on December 6, Son added.

Tam admitted to officers that he had committed the armed heist because he needed money.


Nguyen Hoang Tam is seen being questioned by police in Da Nang City in this photo provided by officers.

The suspect said he bought a motorbike online and used it to rob the bank of VND725 million (US$32,078).

The robbery took place at 5:00 pm at the Thanh Noi transaction office of a branch of the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam at 29 Mai Thuc Loan Street, Hue City.

Tam was believed to steal VND725 with a BB gun within 17 seconds. Police then found one motorbike, one helmet, and a pair of shoes as exhibits.

Officers from local police departments and the Ministry of Public Security cooperated with one another to hunt for the suspect right after the robbery.

Armed bank heists are considered rare in Vietnam.

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