Police in Ho Chi Minh City have apprehended several suspects that they believe were members of a group of approximately 20 machete-wielding men who hunted down and killed a local gang leader on Thursday afternoon.
Law enforcement in Thu Duc District confirmed on Thursday that they had arrested five suspects associated with the attack and have transferred the case to the municipal Department of Police for further investigation.
A manhunt for the remainder of the suspects is ongoing.
The victim, 54-year-old Mai Van Quan, a.k.a. 'Crazy Quan' or 'Quan Highway,' was a notorious gang leader in the border area between Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong Province, and Dong Nai Province.
According to preliminary information, Quan and his friends arrived at the Nice VIP karaoke bar in Thu Duc District at around 10:30 pm on Monday.
After exiting the venue 45 minutes later, Quan was ambushed by a group of about 20 men armed with knives and machetes.
The brutal assault was caught on CCTV and the footage appears to show Quan attempting to use an unidentified weapon to fight back.
The gang leader then ran into a parking basement and was cornered but still managed to make it out of the building.
During his attempted escape he was slashed multiple times and eventually collapsed.
Quan was brought to the hospital by local residents and succumbed to his injuries on early Tuesday morning.
Officers believe the attack was made in retaliation for a previous conflict between Quan and a man named S..