Police in the south-central province of Binh Thuan arrested Thursday four suspects in the fatal beating of a man who was caught stealing a mobile phone.
After midnight on Wednesday, Bui Chau Giang, 35, allegedly broke into the house of Tran Dinh Phat, 20, in Ham Tan District and stole a Samsung phone.
Phat discovered Giang and chase and caught him.
Neighbors flocked to Phat's house and some of them started beating Giang.
When local police arrived at the scene, Giang had turned purple. He was rushed to hospital but succumbed to his injuries at 3:30 a.m. the same day.
The names of the four suspects who beat him up were not revealed.
Police are still investigating.