The Lao Cai police Sunday arrested a 24-year-old suspect in the grisly murder of a woman and three children in the northern province last month.
Tan Tao Lo was arrested in a forest not far from Phin Ngan village where he and the victims lived, Hoang Dang Khoa, chairman of the people’s committee of Bat Xat District, where the village is situated, said.
He has been sent to the district prison, he said, adding that a media briefing on the case would be held this week.
On August 9 Tan Ong Nai returned home from the field with his parents but could not find his wife and daughters.
There was a loaded musket in the kitchen, rigged to go off when the kitchen door was opened.
He reported to the local police who launched a search through the night. They found the bodies of the victims in a stream near the house with large rocks placed on their bodies.
The four victims were Nai’s wife Tan Thi May, 22, their daughter Tan Mai Phuong, two, and newborn Tan Thuy Van, and May’s niece Tan Thuy Chi, six.
The autopsy found they had been strangled.
More than VND14 million (US$630) in cash was missing from the house.
According to local authorities, Lo was living with his wife and child in the village.
In 2013 he was fined VND7 million for attempting to rape May.