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Ho Chi Minh City police investigate man's collapse to death after being robbed of cellphone

Saturday, April 17, 2021, 16:55 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City police investigate man's collapse to death after being robbed of cellphone
The scene where a cellphone robbery takes place before a man's collapse to his death in District 10, Ho Chi Minh City, April 15, 2021. Photo: S. Binh / Tuoi Tre

Police in District 10, Ho Chi Minh City said on Friday that they were investigating a case where a man living in Phu Nhuan District had collapsed to his death after being robbed of his cellphone on a sidewalk on the previous night.

According to preliminary information, H.Q.M., 61, hailing from southern Soc Trang Province, stopped his motorbike by the sidewalk near Buu Dien apartment building on Ly Thuong Kiet Street in District 10 to use his cellphone on Thursday night.

At that time, two young men on another motorbike approached M. from behind and the man on the pillion snatched M.’s phone before they accelerated and escaped.

M. then got off his motorbike and walked back and forth for a few minutes.

When he got back on the motorbike to start it, all of a sudden, he and the motorbike both fell down the road.

M. then lied unconscious. 

Despite being given emergency treatment, M. died later on the day.

Receiving the report of the case, police officers arrived at the scene to examine the victim’s body, record witness statements, and collect camera footage.

With professional measures, the competent force managed to arrest two young men suspected of stealing M.’s phone that night.

The police are also clarifying information that during the process of stealing the phone, the robbers sprayed tear gas at M. to prevent the victim from chasing after them.

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