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Ho Chi Minh City police arrest armed robbery suspect

Thursday, April 02, 2020, 15:36 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City police arrest armed robbery suspect
Nguyen Huu Thuan points his pistol-shaped object at the store clerks inside a Bach Hoa Xanh grocery store in Tan Phu District, Ho Chi Minh City, March 27, 2020 in this screenshot taken from CCTV footage.

Police in Ho Chi Minh City have arrested a suspect in an armed robbery that took place at a local grocery store last Friday.

A source close to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper confirmed on Thursday morning that the municipal Department of Police had apprehended Nguyen Huu Thuan, 25, who is one of the two suspects in the robbery.

Thuan was arrested while in hiding in the south-central province of Binh Thuan.

According to preliminary information, Thuan and an accessory entered a store of Bach Hoa Xanh – a major Vietnamese grocery retailer – on Son Ky Street in Tan Phu District at around 9:55 pm on Friday.

The two men were wearing jackets, helmets, and face masks.

Thuan carried what appeared to be a pistol while the other suspect wielded a knife.

Two armed men rob a Bach Hoa Xanh grocery store in Tan Phu District, Ho Chi Minh City in this CCTV footage.

They threatened store employees with the weapons and took an unspecified amount of cash and a computer before fleeing the store.

The robbery happened in less than two minutes, according to CCTV footage seen by Tuoi Tre.

No one was hurt in the incident.

Officers are hunting for the remaining suspect.

Armed robbery is punishable by between seven and 15 years behind bars in Vietnam, according to the country's Penal Code.

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