Police in the Mekong Delta Province of An Giang said on Sunday that they had started legal proceedings against two men for attacking an officer stationed at a local COVID-19 checkpoint with a knife while under the influence of alcohol.
According to the indictment, Luong Ba Dat, 21, from An Giang’s Thoai Son District, and Tran Thanh Dien, 25, from Vinh Thanh District in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho face a charge of “deliberately inflicting injury."
Dat has been arrested while Dien is still wanted after managing to escape a chase by functional forces.
At around 11:25 pm on June 3, when Dat was carrying Dien on a motorbike after both of them had been drunk, they were stopped to have their body temperature measured by Tran Van Dao, who was stationed at the COVID-19 checkpoint near the Sanh 2 Bridge in Thoai Son District.
Dat and Dien left after the measurement, before returning to the station about 35 minutes later and using a knife to slash Dao on his arm.
Dien then ran to the Sanh 2 Bridge to throw the knife into the river below before Dat picked him up to run away on their motorbike.
The local police, military force, and residential security forces chased after Dat and Dien, but were only able to catch Dat while Dien managed to escape.
Dao was taken to Thoai Son’s medical center before being transferred to An Giang General Hospital, where his injury was estimated at two percent of his total body.
At the police station, Dat admitted that he and Dien committed the act under the influence of alcohol, claiming they were angry at Dao for checking their body temperature.
The police are working hard to search for Dien to strictly handle the case according to the law.