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Murder convict captured after second prison break in central Vietnam

Friday, June 19, 2020, 14:20 GMT+7
Murder convict captured after second prison break in central Vietnam
Trieu Quan Su (second left) is held at the police station in Tam Ky City, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, June 18, 2020. Photo: Le Trung / Tuoi Tre

A convicted murderer was captured at a cyber café in the central Vietnamese province of Quang Nam after pulling off his second prison break in neighboring Quang Ngai Province more than two weeks ago.

Police in Tam Ky City, Quang Nam confirmed at a press meeting on Thursday night that they had apprehended Trieu Quan Su, 29.

Su broke out of his cell in Quang Ngai on June 3.

The man was found guilty of murder, robbery, and desertion in 2013 after having left his military unit five times and murdering a 49-year-old Hanoi coffee shop owner in August 2012.

This was the second time Su escaped from prison.

The first took place on November 8, 2015 when he broke out of the facility with another cellmate. The duo was arrested on December 15 that same year and charged for the jailbreak.

Following his second prison break on June 3, Su headed to the Hai Van Pass, which lies on the border of central Da Nang City and north-central Thua Thien-Hue Province.

Trieu Quan Su (in red T-shirt) is held at the police station in Tam Ky City, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, June 18, 2020. Photo: Le Trung / Tuoi Tre
Trieu Quan Su (in red T-shirt) is held at the police station in Tam Ky City, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, June 18, 2020. Photo: Le Trung / Tuoi Tre

Police and military units were dispatched to the location on June 5 but were unable to capture the inmate.

Su later made his way towards Tam Ky City in Quang Nam before being arrested while playing video games at a local Internet café at around 8:00 pm on Thursday.

Su was not armed and did not resist the police officers, according to Senior Lieutenant Colonel Huynh Tan Muoi, deputy chief of police in Tam Ky.

At the police station, Su claimed he had pulled off the prison break while working at the dining area of the detention facility at around 3:00 pm on June 3.

He then stole a T-shirt and a pair of pants, a mobile phone, and a motorcycle in Quang Ngai.

The man traveled to Tam Ky City and sold the phone for VND700,000 (US$30) on June 4, before heading to the Hai Van Pass.

As he was pursued by police officers, Su abandoned the motorbike and stayed hidden in the mountain.

Trieu Quan Su is arrested at an online game center in Tam Ky City, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, June 18, 2020 in this photo supplied by officers.
Trieu Quan Su is arrested at an online game center in Tam Ky City, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, June 18, 2020 in this photo supplied by officers.

The inmate then walked to Da Nang, where he broke into a house and stole a mobile phone and VND700,000 ($30).

He stayed in Da Nang for two days, sleeping on benches at My Khe Beach, before catching a motorbike taxi to Tam Ky on June 7.

He stole another phone and sold it for VND2.5 million ($107) and slept on local sidewalks.

Su caught a ride to Dai Loc District, also in Quang Nam, on June 8 and stole VND6 million ($257) from a grocery store on June 9.

He then returned to Tam Ky, stayed in the city and played online games until his arrest on June 18.

According to Muoi, Su is a game addict and did not contact his family or friends during his time on the run.

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