A Vietnamese interpreter has been arrested on suspicion of tying up a Chinese man inside a hotel in Hanoi and robbing the victim.
The Hanoi Department of Public Security confirmed on Sunday that the police unit in Cau Giay District had apprehended Nguyen Van Truong, 27, from northern Thai Binh Province, on robbery charges.
Officers also captured Truong’s accomplices, namely Lai Van Hai, 29, Truong Van Yeu, 29, and Tran Thuy Lien, 32.
Preliminary investigation showed that Truong worked as an interpreter and became acquainted with S., a 35-year-old Chinese man living in Cau Giay District.
On October 13, Truong had dinner with Hai, Yeu, and Lien and asked S. to join them later that evening.
On the following day, Truong planned to rob S. as he needed money and asked Hai, Yeu, and Lien for their assistance.
At around 4:00 pm the same day, Truong requested S. to drink alcohol with him at a hotel in Cau Giay District.
As soon as S. arrived, Truong, Hai, Yeu, and Lien held him down and tied him up with tape.
Truong forced S. to wire VND60 million (US$2,410) to his account.
He and his accomplices also took from S. about $1,160 worth of cash, an iPhone 13 Pro Max, an iPhone 12 Pro Max, and some other belongings before fleeing the scene.
After the case was reported, police in Cau Giay District coordinated with relevant agencies to carry out an investigation and apprehend the suspects.
At the police station, Truong, Hai, Yeu, and Lien admitted to their crime.
Further investigation is ongoing.