Three gang members that have been arrested in a photo released by HCMC police
Ho Chi Minh City police said Wednesday they had arrested three robbery gang members who stabbed a traffic police officer at a checkpoint.
They are still looking for two others.
The attack happened at around 11 p.m. on September 7 when a team of officers at a checkpoint on Le Van Quoi Street in Binh Tan District spotted two allegedly drunken men on a motorbike.
The officers signaled the men to stop. Nguyen Ngoc Vinh Binh, 29, who drove the bike, stopped but failed to produce papers.
Binh left his bike on the roadside and walked away. He and Mai Duc Thinh, 28, who was on the back seat of Binh’s motorbike, headed towards the other side of the road, where three other men were waiting for them.
Lieutenant Phan Minh Khoi followed the duo and ordered them to go back to the checkpoint. Binh suddenly sprayed tear gas that he brought with him into Khoi’s face.
Khoi managed to avoid the gas, but Thinh and the three men nearby rushed over to attack him.
Le Bao Cuong, 31, pulled out a knife and stabbed Khoi in his back twice.
After the officer collapsed, all the five men fled the scene.
Khoi was rushed to hospital. He has recovered after treatment.
Thanks to Binh’s motorbike left at the checkpoint, police tracked him down and arrested him on September 21. Another man named Ho was arrested on September 25. Cuong, who stabbed Khoi, was arrested last Saturday (October 3).
Police are looking for the other two.
Binh and his accomplices told police they had drunk and went out searching for their preys in the streets before being stopped by traffic police. The gang members brought tear gas and weapons with them.
Binh is allegedly the leader of the robbery gang that mostly targets victims in the city’s suburban districts, according to police.