Five suspects allegedly involved in the gruesome street murder of a gang leader in Ho Chi Minh City last week have turned themselves in to the municipal police, raising the number of people arrested in relation to the case to 11.
Ho Thanh Phuong, a.k.a. Su, a 33-year-old resident in Thu Duc District, and four accessories surrendered themselves on Sunday.
Su is the head of a gang of about 20 machete-wielding men who fatally attacked 54-year-old Mai Van Quan, another notorious gang leader in the border area between Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong Province, and Dong Nai Province, on November 4.
All of the five suspects had been convicted of crimes including assault, disturbing public order, robbery, and gambling in the past, police said.
Officers under the municipal Department of Police previously launched a criminal investigation into the murder and arrested six suspects including Vo Thuy Linh, 28, Nguyen Anh Trung, 35, and four others on Friday.
According to preliminary information, Quan’s murder was fueled by prolonged conflicts between Linh and Trung regarding the trade of a house in District 1.
Trung was part of a gang led by Hoang and backed by Quan, while Linh also acquainted herself with several 'dangerous' individuals in the southern hub, according to police.
|Mai Van Quan is attacked by a group of men in Thu Duc District, Ho Chi Minh City, November 4, 2019 in this screenshot taken from CCTV footage.|
On the evening of November 4, Linh, Su, and two other men met for a drink at a beer parlor in Thu Duc District, where Linh told Su about her conflicts with Trung.
As the group exited the venue about three hours later, they met Quan, who was wielding an iron baton, and Trung.
As Linh left the place in her car, Trung sent her a text message saying that both sides should meet at 28 Khong Tu Street in Thu Duc later the same night to 'settle' their dispute.
At around 11:15 pm, a group of 20 men rallied by Su confronted Quan, who came alone, at the location and began attacking him with knives, machetes, and tridents.
Quan was barely able to hold his ground with an iron baton and began to flee as he quickly found himself outnumbered.
Su’s gang chased Quan down and brutally attacked the man until he collapsed.
Quan passed away at Cho Ray Hospital in District 5 the following morning.
Meanwhile, Linh, Su, and other gang members threw a party in the southern province of Ba Ria – Vung Tau on the same night of the attack, before fleeing to other provinces to avoid arrest.
Linh, who holds an Australian permanent resident 'green card,' attempted to board a flight to Australia but he was apprehended at Tan Son Nhat International Airport.
Officers are expanding their investigation to hunt for the remaining suspects.