Police in downtown Ho Chi Minh City arrested two iPhone snatchers on the street after a long chase that involved a series of gunshots.
The chase allegedly ended when an officer accidentally shot one of the fleeing suspects in the rear end.
A source from the District 1 Police told Tuoi Tre that a group of criminal investigators began following Tran Ngoc Cuong, 38, and Tran Trong Long, 14, at around 7:15PM Wednesday night because they looked suspicious.
Cuong was carrying Long on the back of his motorbike.
When the duo pulled up to the Saigon Bus Station, they spotted Truong Phat Nguyen, 24, walking away from Ben Thanh Market with two friends.
Nguyen had an iPhone 6 in her hand.
Cuong sidled up to her on his bike and Long snatched the phone.
The police sped after tham, chasing them through Pho Duc Chinh and Le Thi Hong Gam Streets.
Tran Ngoc Cuong, 38, at a police station in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City for snatching an iPhone on the street on November 26, 2014. Photo: Duc Thanh/Tuoi Tre
As the snatchers were swerving and putting other travelers in danger, the police discharged a series of warning shots, but the pair did not stop, the officer told Tuoi Tre.
When the suspects neared the intersection of Le Thi Hong Gam and Calmette streets, the fleeing crooks kicked the cops’ motorbike over.
Officer Nguyen Quang Tuyen then fired a shot at their bike that accidentally grazed Long’s thigh and lodged in Cuong’s buttock, forcing them to stop.
The police have returned the phone and VND1.5 million (US$70) stuffed into its case to the victim, a Vietnamese American.