2 arrested for slashing man's arm to steal fake iPhone in Vietnam

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Police in Ho Chi Minh City have arrested two of three robbers who allegedly severed a local man's arm with a machete in order to steal his fake iPhone last month, Vietnamnet reported Saturday.

Tran Chinh Dai, 27, and Nguyen Huu Long, 16, were apprehended on Friday, the news website said, adding that the last suspect, Tran Minh Tuan, 17, is still at large.

The news report quoted the arrestees as telling police that at around 8 p.m. on December 14, while traveling via motorbike on Ta Quang Buu Street, they saw Bui Nhu Dao, 21, talking on the phone in front of a house.


Dai and Long jumped off the bike and slashed Dao's left arm, making him drop his phone, which they grabbed before fleeing.

The robbers said they stole the phone, thinking that it was an iPhone, but it turned out to be a Chinese fake worth only several tens of dollars.

Meanwhile, after the attack, Dao was hospitalized with 60 percent of his armed severed. But, doctors successfully reattached it.

Police continue to hunt for the third robber.

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