18-year-old thief arrested in Vietnam for knife attack on foreigner

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Police in the resort town of Phan Thiet have arrested an 18-year-old boy for allegedly knifing a French tourist while attempting to rob him, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported Tuesday.

Le Thanh Bich confronted M.Manuel, 30, on November 16 when the latter was walking with his girlfriend on a sand hill in Mui Ne, the newspaper quoted the police as saying.

He wore a mask and demanded Manuel's camera, and slashed the Frenchman on his left hand and hip when he resisted.

Two Russian tourists rushed to the spot upon hearing cries for help, scaring the thief away.

The police merely said they apprehended Bich following an investigation.

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