Drug user threatens Vietnam hotel staff with hammers

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Police escort a man who went berserk and wielded hammers in a hotel in HCMC Friday

Ho Chi Minh City police Friday overpowered a drug user who threatened staff at a hotel with hammers and then locked himself in a room for three hours.

Nguyen Nhat Thien, 26, was still high on drugs and carrying two hammers when officers broke into the room at Nam Huong Hotel in Go Vap District at around noon, Vietnamnet quoted the police as saying.

The man resisted arrest, and a dozen officers scrambled to subdue and escort him to a local police station.

He and another man checked into a room Thursday evening with two large bags, and left on a motorbike that night. At around midnight Thien returned alone.

At 8.30 a.m. the next day he went down the stairs with the hammers, glancing around as if looking for someone to attack, the hotel staff said.

They ran out of the hotel and informed the local police.

But when police arrived, Thien went back to his room and locked himself in.

He did not respond to the police's exhortation to open the door, but groaned and screamed inside, Vietnamnet reported, adding that the hotel's backup key did not work.

The police then asked for help from district forces who were equipped with bulletproof vests and helmets, and managed to break into the room.

After recovering from the drugs later that day, Thien told the police that he had threatened the hotel staff only because he had lost control over his mind after using drugs.

The police, in fact, seized equipment used for snorting meth from his room.

They are investigating further.

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