Fugitive US bank robber arrested in Kien Giang

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Vietnamese police have arrested an overseas Vietnamese man under a warrant issued by the International Police Organization (Interpol) for his alleged involvement in two US bank robberies.

John Le, 29, is being held at the T17 Prison in Ho Chi Minh City before being handed to US authorities, according to senior lieutenant-colonel Dao Trong Son of the Criminals Hunting Department of the Ministry of Public Security.

Le was arrested on April 14 at the Rach Gia Express Ferryboat Station in the southern Kien Giang Province as he was returning from a trip to Phu Quoc Island.

The detainment came following a request for support from the Interpol Office in Vietnam in November last year when investigators suspected Le had entered Vietnam on a flight from Taiwan on February 5.

Le had been detained by US police on June 19 in 2008 in connection with two bank robberies in Houston in the same year, but he later escaped from custody and fled to Vietnam.

Dubbed by FBI as the "brazen businessman", Le was suspected of robbing Comerica Bank on June 7 and a Chase Bank on May 20 in 2008, KPRC Local 2 news website in Houston reported. Le showed a weapon during both robberies, but no one was hurt, it said.

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