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Police arrest S.Korean man suspected of killing fellow national in Ho Chi Minh City

Thursday, December 26, 2019, 15:21 GMT+7
Police arrest S.Korean man suspected of killing fellow national in Ho Chi Minh City
Lee Hyeong Won is arrested by police in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, December 25, 2019. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Ho Chi Minh City police have arrested a suspect in a robbery-murder that resulted in the death of a South Korean woman and severe injuries to her husband and daughter in District 7 last weekend.

South Korea’s Lee Hyeong Won, 29, was apprehended by police on Pham Ngu Lao Street in District 1 on Wednesday afternoon, according to a police statement given that day. 

Lee maintained his innocence throughout a police interrogation until investigators, through professional measures, were able to garner a confession.

According to authorities, Lee entered Vietnam on a visitor visa.

At around 2:30 am on December 2, he climbed over a fence surrounding the residence of Yoon Sang Yong, a 50-year-old South Korean national, in the Hung Phuoc 1 area in Tan Phong Ward, District 7.

The suspect then slit Yoon’s throat, killed his wife Jung Yuong Sook, 49, and stabbed their 16-year-old daughter Yoon Jeong Jyi.

The husband and daughter survived their wounds.

After committing the crime, the suspect stole several mobile phones from the victims and made a getaway in the Yoon family’s Chevrolet Spark which had been parked in front of the house.

The man then drove the vehicle to Thu Thiem 2 Bridge in Binh An Ward, District 2, at around 5:00 am where he set it on fire in an attempt to erase evidence of his crime, police said.

Lee had plans in place to flee Vietnam but was instead arrested by the authorities.

A preliminary description of Lee identified him as having a “student-like figure” and measuring 1.67 meters tall with black hair, a large forehead, and a light complexion.  

The accurate identification helped lead to his arrest.

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