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Vietnamese man nabbed for kidnapping, extorting company director

Thursday, June 08, 2017, 11:54 GMT+7

Police in the central Vietnamese province of Thua Thien-Hue have arrested a man for robbing, kidnapping, and holding for ransom the director of a local company.

Phan Ba Hai, 22, from the south-central province of Binh Dinh, was apprehended for robbery, kidnapping, and extortion, the police department in Phu Vang District, Thua Thien-Hue, affirmed on Wednesday afternoon.

The victim, Nguyen Thanh Phong, is the director of a garment company in Phu Vang.

According to the case file, Hai, a former employee at the firm, broke into Phong’s house at around 1:00 am on May 7.

The suspect threatened Phong and his family members with a knife before stealing VND6 million (US$264.3) from the family.

Hai bound Phong’ arms and legs with tape and drove him to a nearby ATM in a personal car where he forced his ex-boss to withdraw an additional VND110 million ($4,846).

Hai then drove the victim to a local forest where he held Phong ransom for VND1.2 billion ($52,875).

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The car is damaged after the accident. Photo: Thua Thien-Hue police department.

On his way to receiving the payment at a pre-arranged location, the automobile crashed into a car traveling in the opposite direction, resulting in an engine breakdown.

The suspect left Phong tied up on the vehicle and walked to his house in Vinh Thanh Commune, Phu Vang.

After being notified of the case, competent authorities inspected the security camera from local ATM booths and were able to identify the kidnapper.

Hai had fled to Buon Me Thuot City in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak by the time officers arrived at his house in Thua Thien-Hue.

On the evening of June 4, Hai was nabbed in Buon Me Thuot and transferred to Thua Thien-Hue for further investigation.

The man admitted his crimes at the police station.

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