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Briton nabbed for robbing convenience store with knife in Ho Chi Minh City

Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 10:35 GMT+7
Briton nabbed for robbing convenience store with knife in Ho Chi Minh City
British John David Ablett is photographed at the police station in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City with his weapon and the money he robbed a convenience store of. Photo: A.X. / Tuoi Tre

A British man has been arrested for holding up a convenience store in downtown Ho Chi Minh City with a knife.

Police in Nguyen Cu Trinh Ward, District 1 confirmed on Monday they had apprehended John David Ablett, a 44-year-old man from the United Kingdom.

They first received a report from Luong My Linh, 25, who works as a clerk at a Circle K convenience store on Cong Quynh Street in Nguyen Cu Trinh Ward, on Sunday.

During her shift on the same evening, Linh said she was threatened by a knife-wielding foreigner.

The suspect then took some money from the cashier’s drawer and ran away.

A total of VND2.6 million (US$111) was taken by the robber.

Police launched an investigation and were able to locate and arrest the suspect the same night.

At the police station, Albett claimed he had run out of money and decided to rob the convenience store of some cash.

The foreign man arrived in Vietnam in June 2019 and is staying in Ho Chi Minh City illegally with an expired visa.

Further investigation is ongoing.

Armed robbery is punishable by 7-15 years behind bars, according to the Penal Code of Vietnam.

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