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Wanted murder suspect arrested near Saigon after 25 years at large

Saturday, August 22, 2020, 15:08 GMT+7

A Vietnamese man was arrested in Binh Phuoc Province, around 110 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City, last month for a 1995 murder for which he is wanted, the municipal police said Friday.

Ho Chi Minh City’s Department of Police said on Friday it has taken over the suspect, 61-year-old Le Van Ba, after he was arrested while in hiding in neighboring Binh Phuoc Province in early July.

Ba, who has a permanent address in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City, is the suspect in a murder on March 30, 1995 and has been on the municipal police’s wanted list since then.

No information on the man’s whereabouts was available for over 25 years until May 2020, when Binh Thanh District Police found evidence that Ba had been living under a new name in Binh Phuoc.

Investigators believed Ba had changed his name to Le Van Sinh while on the run and was living in Phu Son Commune, Bu Dang District, Binh Phuoc with his wife of over 20 years.

Information acquired by the officers showed ‘Sinh’ had been leading a quiet life in the rural area and avoided social interactions, spending most of his time on a piece of farmland far from his house.

After confirming that ‘Sinh’ was indeed the wanted murder suspect Le Van Ba through photos and fingerprints, a plan was quickly mapped out to capture the man.

On July 8, 2020, officers from Binh Thanh District Police and their colleagues in Bu Dang District coordinated a raid into Ba’s home in Binh Phuoc and arrested the man.

Ba confessed to the murder committed 25 years ago on his way of being transported to Ho Chi Minh City from Binh Phuoc, the officers said.

Binh Thanh District Police have handed over Ba to the Criminal Police Division under Ho Chi Minh City Police Department for further legal proceedings.

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Kim Thoa - Son Binh / Tuoi Tre News

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