2 nabbed for robbing tourists's iPhone in HCMC's backpacker area

By Cong Nguyen – Duc Tien, Thanh Nien News

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Thach Tuan Hai (L) and Tran Huynh Tien at the police station. Photo: Cong Nguyen Thach Tuan Hai (L) and Tran Huynh Tien at the police station. Photo: Cong Nguyen

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Two men suspected of robbing a South Korean tourist in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday led police officers on a high-speed motorbike chase that only ended after one of them was shot.
Thach Tuan Hai, 26, and Tran Huynh Tien, 15, are in police custody. 
The duo approached the tourist in Pham Ngu Lao St, near the September 23 Park, and grabbed his iPhone 6 Plus at around 1.45 p.m. and sped off.
Plainclothes officers, who had been watching them after they noticed their "suspicious signs," immediately gave chase.
The suspects swerved through traffic, threw their helmets at the officers and kicked the police motorbikes whenever they got near.
They refused to stop even after the officers fired several warning shots into the air.
When they reached Vo Van Kiet St., the officers decided to shoot straight at the suspects' motorbike. Their shot hit the driver's leg and the suspects' bike crashed.
The police returned the iPhone to the tourist.
Earlier on the same day, a traffic policeman have exposed to HIV while he was arresting a man suspected of snatching an iPhone of a woman in Binh Chanh District.
Since both the officer, senior lieutenant Truong Tan Thuong, and the man were injured after their motorbikes crashed in the chase, Thuong may have contacted the suspect's blood during the arrest.
The suspect was later identified as 33-year-old Nguyen Ngoc Tuyen, a man with HIV infection from Long An Province.
Thuong is receiving preventive treatments.

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