Police in Ho Chi Minh City are searching for suspects in a robbery attempts that was foiled when the brave victim fought back.
A video footage capturing the brazen robbery in an eyewear shop on To Hien Thanh St., Dist. 10, was posted on the Internet by members of a vigilante group in HCMC on Friday.
A group member told Thanh Nien the incident took place at 2.30 p.m. on May 17. A man entered the shop asking to buy sunglasses as another suspect waited on a scooter outside.
When the shop owner, a woman who preferred anonymity, was showing him some products, he suddenly held a knife at her throat with one hand and covered her mouth with the other.
After a brief but violent struggle, the suspect snatched the woman's iPhone, rushed out of the shop and tried to escape with his accomplice on their scooter.
The brave shop owner shouted for help and grabbed him, causing the bike to tip over. The two suspects fled on foot, leaving their bike behind.
According to neighbors, the two robbers, assisted by two other men armed with knives, managed to escape.
The shop owner was shocked but not injured.
According to the police, the vehicle left by the suspects had been reported stolen earlier the same day in the same district.