Police in Hoang Mai District, Hanoi said on Wednesday that they are holding a man in custody for intentionally puncturing the tires of many cars over a conflict with his partner earlier this month.
The arrest of Ho Ngoc Toan, the man in question, came one week after dozens of cars parked on the sidewalk and the roadbed around Linh Dam Lake, which is opposite the HH Linh Dam apartment building in Hoang Mai, had tires perforated on the night of April 9, resulting in total damage of about VND25 million (US$1,064).
Police officers in the district then launched an investigation into the case and determined the culprit is Toan, working for Hoang Lan Service and Trading Co. Ltd., which provides parking services for motorbikes and cars at both the HH Linh Dam apartment building and Linh Dam Lake.
Toan and Nguyen Thi L., the 37-year-old female director of Hoang Lan company, had been living together as husband and wife, according to police officers.
Toan was assigned by L. as the manager of the aforementioned parking services.
At the end of 2022, local authorities did not extend the business license of L.’s company.
Despite that, L.’s company continued the parking services at the apartment building and lake.
|A car has a flat tire while being parked on the sidewalk around Linh Dam Lake in Hoang Mai District, Hanoi. Photo: Danh Trong / Tuoi Tre|
Later, L. demoted Toan from manager to employee, causing the man to draw up a plan to puncture the tires of the cars parked around Linh Dam Lake, so that L. had to compensate her customers and let him resume his parking management role.
At around 10:00 pm on April 9, L. and Toan took a taxi to the HH Linh Dam apartment building.
L. then walked into the parking facility alone and Toan went to a beverage stall near Linh Dam Lake.
Toan then borrowed a pair of scissors from the beverage stall, took a hood, wore a face mask, walked to where the cars of Hoang Lan company’s customers were parked on the sidewalk around the lake, and used the scissors to puncture the tires.
After that, Toan went to another apartment building in the district.
Following the press coverage about the incident, Toan took a five-day break from work at the parking facility and was later criminally held by police for intentionally damaging others’ property.