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Ho Chi Minh City police capture Mekong prison escapee

Wednesday, January 02, 2019, 15:11 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City police capture Mekong prison escapee
Nguyen Hoang Son is seen in this mugshot. Photo: A.X.

Police in Ho Chi Minh City have arrested an escaped convict after he had broken out of a prison in a Mekong Delta province late last month.

Senor Lieutenant Colonel Vo Nhut Hai, a warden at the My Phuoc prison in Tien Giang Province, confirmed on Wednesday that the escapee had been transferred to the facility by police officers from District 9, Ho Chi Minh City.

The prisoner is 34-year-old Nguyen Hoang Son, hailing from Dong Hoa Commune, Chau Thanh District, Tien Giang.

He was serving an eight-year sentence for property theft when he escaped on December 25.

On that day, Son lied that he was ill and asked My Phuoc wardens to take him to the hospital.

He then managed to flee from the infirmary. The prison issued a wanted notice for him on December 26.

On New Year’s Day, plain-clothes police officers found a suspect staying in an unnumbered house on Long Phuoc Street, Long Phuoc Ward, District 9.  

The suspect was quickly identified as Son.

The escapee jumped into a ditch next to the house when police stormed it. But officers captured him shortly after.

Son was subsequently escorted to the My Phuoc prison the same day.

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