Police in the southern province of Ca Mau said Tuesday they are set to charge a man with kidnapping a boy, who however managed to escape by biting the rope he was tied with.
They arrested Duong Van Toan, 21, last Monday, hours after he allegedly kidnapped Vu Van Nguyen, 10, from near his house in Thoi Binh District.
Toan told Nguyen to go with him to buy some snacks for all of the children playing there. He then took the boy on his motorbike to Dam Doi District, around 40 kilometers away.
He tied him to a large tree in a deserted field, tortured the victim and forced him to call his father.
Toan demanded a ransom of VND500 million (around US$22,000).
Duong Van Toan, 21, at a police station in Ca Mau Province. Photo provided by the police
The kidnapper than left the boy there to visit his girlfriend living nearby.
Nguyen bit off the rope, which was made of vines, and went into a nearby house to ask for help.
The police arrived soon and took the boy home.
His father then called Toan and asked to speak with his son.
Toan went to spot where he had left the boy and was caught by waiting officers.