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Man captured for beating up, robbing hawker boy in central Vietnam

Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 10:58 GMT+7
Man captured for beating up, robbing hawker boy in central Vietnam
Nguyen Quy, 25, is shown at the police station in the central Vietnamese province of Quang Nam, July 16, 2019. Photo: Manh Truong / Tuoi Tre

Police in central Vietnam have apprehended a suspect who attacked and broke the arm of a hawker boy before taking his money on Monday.

Colonel Nguyen Duc Dung, deputy director of the Department of Police in Quang Nam Province, confirmed to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Tuesday evening that officers had arrested 25-year-old Nguyen Quy.

Quy is the prime suspect to have beaten up 13-year-old Nguyen Van L., who sells lottery tickets for a living, in Que Son District on Monday morning.

At the police station, Quy admitted to having fooled the boy into going with him to a forest, where he beat and robbed him of some money.

According to Quy’s statement, he first asked the lottery ticket selling boy about the winning numbers of the previous day’s lotteries.

The man then noticed that L. was having cash in hand and began to hatch a plan to rob him.

The young boy is being treated at a local medical center on July 16, 2019. Photo: Le Trung / Tuoi Tre

The young boy is being treated at a local medical center on July 16, 2019. Photo: Le Trung / Tuoi Tre

Quy tricked the young boy into getting on his motorbike, before taking him to a nearby forest.

Upon arrival, Quy began beating him with a tree branch and robbed him of VND1.2 million (US$51.6) in cash.

The 25-year-old then left the scene, deserting the injured boy behind.

 L. was later brought to the hospital with a broken right arm and multiple bruises on his left arm and legs.

After being notified, police officers began extracting CCTV footage in the neighborhood and managed to identify the attacker.

“This is a serious offense as the victim is very young,” Col. Dung asserted.

“The attacker must be duly punished.”

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