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Hanoi man probed for luring 11-yo girl into alley for alleged molestation

Monday, April 22, 2019, 11:11 GMT+7
Hanoi man probed for luring 11-yo girl into alley for alleged molestation
Nguyen Dinh Phuc is held at the police station in Thanh Xuan District, Hanoi in this photo provided by officers.

Police in Hanoi have launched legal proceedings against a man who lured two young girls into a small alley in Thanh Xuan District and allegedly molested one of them earlier this month.

Nguyen Dinh Phuc, 41, is being investigated for conducting lewd acts against a person under the age of 16, a source close to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper confirmed on Sunday.

Phuc has been held in custody since April 15 to assist the investigation.

The incident happened in Khuong Trung Ward, Thanh Xuan District on the evening of April 4, when Phuc was traveling on a motorcycle with no license plate and looking for a filling station, according to officers.

The man then ran into P.L.C. ,11, who was walking home with her younger sister after buying some notebooks at a nearby store.

Phuc then told the girls he was looking for a friend in the neighborhood and asked for their help.

He managed to lure the victims into a secluded alley, where he began to grope C.

The girl then pushed his hands away and screamed for help. Her younger sister also started crying.

Fearing he would get caught, Phuc ran away on his motorbike and headed home.

After being informed of the incident, the family of the two girls immediately reported it to police.

A surveillance camera installed at the scene caught Phuc talking with the two girls that day, but his face was not visible in the footage.

As the video went viral on social media on April 8, he hid his motorbike, which could be seen in the clip, at his cousin’s house.

Officers, however, were able to identify him on April 12, and arrested him three days later.

According to the Penal Code, Phuc faces six months to three years in prison.

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