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Vietnam extradites Interpol-wanted bank heist suspect to S.Korea

Vietnam extradites Interpol-wanted bank heist suspect to S.Korea

Friday, September 22, 2023, 13:11 GMT+7
Vietnam extradites Interpol-wanted bank heist suspect to S.Korea
Police in central Vietnam’s Da Nang City interrogate Jinhong Kil, who fled from South Korea after allegedly committing a bank heist. Photo: H.B. / Tuoi Tre

Police in central Vietnam’s Da Nang extradited a South Korean national under an Interpol warrant for his arrest in connection for a bank robbery in Daejeon, South Korea last month.

Jinhong Kil, 47, was handed over to South Korean authorities on Wednesday evening, ten days after his arrest in an entertainment area in Ngu Hanh Son District, Da Nang on September 10.

The municipal police launched their search for Kil earlier this month after being informed by South Korean police and Interpol that he might have fled to Vietnam after the robbery.

After his arrest, Kil admitted to investigators that he was on the run from Interpol.

According to the case file, Kil entered a branch of Shinhyup bank in Daejeon on August 18, threatened staff with a knife and fire extinguisher, and told them to put money into a bag he had prepared.

He sprayed the fire extinguisher at bank employees before escaping with 39 million won (US$29,100).

Two days later, prior to being identified as the suspect in the bank robbery, Kil fled South Korea for Da Nang, according to the online version of Cong An Nhan Dan (People’s Police) newspaper.  

In early September, local police determined that Kil was the alleged robber and then contacted both Interpol and Da Nang police to hunt him down.

Initial reports said that the man committed the crime due to a gambling debt.

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Vinh Tho - Doan Cuong / Tuoi Tre News

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