Hanoi police arrest South Korean wanted at home for rape, assault

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The Hanoi police Wednesday arrested a South Korean man wanted in his country for allegedly raping a woman after assaulting her boyfriend.

Park Jae Chul, 32, fled to Vietnam more than a year ago while he was under investigation by South Korean police who had asked Vietnam counterparts to cooperate, news website VnExpress reported.

He rented an apartment and opened an office for garment trading in Cau Giay District.

Police said Park and his father own a 120-room hotel in South Korea. In August 2011 he knifed a man and raped his girlfriend, both guests at the hotel.

South Korean police said they put out a warrant for Park after summoning him several times in vain.

Park denied all allegations at a Hanoi police station. He said the man had slipped on the stairs and he had admitted him to hospital, and claimed he had had consensual sex with the man's girlfriend.

A Hanoi police officer said Park is set to marry a 20-year-old Vietnamese woman. He was not married and had no children in South Korea.

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