Ho Chi Minh City police said Saturday they had arrested four people of a group who have allegedly staged several traffic crashes to rob the victims.
Do Thanh Viet, Do Thanh Tam, Trieu Quoc Nhat, and Nguyen Ngoc Hieu, aged between 24 and 31, were taken into custody on March 10, soon after allegedly robbing a woman of VND50 million (US$2,200) in Binh Tan District.
Meanwhile, four more suspects are still at large, police said.
According to the police, at around 9:30 a.m. on March 10, a member of this gang on a motorbike passed a motorbike rider, identified only as Th., on Binh Thuan Bridge in Binh Tan District and stopped in front of Th.'s bike, forcing him to stop.
Two others of the gang on another motorbike then crashed into Th.’s bike from behind. As Th. and H. (the woman who rode pillion with Th.) were still in panic, Viet and Nhat, on another motorbike approached the victims closely and picked a bundle of cash worth VND50 million from the right pocket of H.’s pants.
The gang then drove to a house on District 4's Khanh Hoi Street, where they are based in and divided the robbed money. A team of police officers, who followed the men even before they robbed the woman, rushed to the site and arrested four. Four others, named Cuong, Canh, Ngoc and Sang, fled.
At the police station, the arrestees confessed that apart from their latest robbery, their gang robbed a man of VND50 million in Tan Binh District on March 8 and another man of VND170 million ($7,600) in Binh Tan District late 2015 using the same trick.