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Gang members who vandalized Saigon ice-cream store turn selves in

Sunday, May 07, 2017, 10:02 GMT+7

Three members of a gang that was seen vandalizing a Ho Chi Minh City’s ice-cream parlor in a video that went viral online late last month have turned themselves in to the police.

The gang members showed up at the District 1 police station on Saturday, two weeks after storming into the ice-cream store at 2 Truong Han Sieu Street and destroyed the equipment and furniture there.

The thugs are Lu Vinh Quan, 29, and the brothers of Dao Duy Hung, 27, and Dao Duy Phong, 23, police said on Saturday.

The gang leader, Phan Thanh Vang, 25, was arrested on April 25.

The gang was purportedly hired by the next-door ice-cream shop at 4 Truong Han Sieu in an alleged rival’s sabotage.

Both stores at 2 and 4 Truong Han Sieu sell kem nhan, or longan fruit-flavored ice cream, with their conflict having become violent several times.

The arrested gang members said they were all asked to join in the vandalism by Nguyen Ngoc Minh, 37, and it is not clear who is really behind the sabotage plot, according to police officers.

Minh and at least two other gang members remain at large, police confirmed the same day.

Quan, one of the thugs who turned themselves in, said he had called Vang to gather some men to come to the ice-cream to ‘resolve some conflicts’ as requested by Minh, even though they did not know what the conflicts really were.

The gang had been asked to only destroy stuff at the shop to intimidate the store owner, rather than hurting anyone.

The thugs had indeed followed the ‘instruction’, as they only broke some tables at the store, despite carrying a bag full of swords, along with scimitars and steel tubes.

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With the sabotage clearly recorded by the shop’s surveillance camera and the footage widely circulated on the internet shortly after the incident, the gang members immediately fled their residence for hiding.

Two weeks on, believing that they could not run away forever, the fugitives reported themselves to the police.

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