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Murder suspect arrested after 15 years in hiding in Vietnam

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 11:30 GMT+7
Murder suspect arrested after 15 years in hiding in Vietnam
Le Nhu Thom, 37, is held at the police station in the southern province of Binh Duong after being hunted for 15 years. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A murder suspect has been apprehended by police in the southern Vietnamese province of Binh Duong after being at large for one and a half decades.

The provincial Department of Police confirmed on Saturday they had nabbed Le Nhu Thom, 37, hailing from the north-central province of Thanh Hoa.

Thom is a suspect of murder, attempted assault, and disturbing public order in a case that happened 15 years ago.

According to police records, Thom and four other young men hung out at a coffee shop in Binh Hoa Ward, Thuan An Town, Binh Duong Province, in January 2002.

As Thom and his friends were joking with each other, two men sitting nearby were unintentionally offended, before approaching Thom’s table and starting an argument.

The row quickly escalated into a violent confrontation when the two groups attacked each other with bricks and sticks.

One person in Thom’s group stabbed a person from the other group to death.

They then attempted to escape after the incident but were eventually captured, except for Thom.

The man was on the loose for 15 years before being found hiding in Tan Vinh Hiep Ward, Tan Uyen Town, Binh Duong.

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