Police in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang Tuesday said they have arrested an 18-year-old Iranian for allegedly cheating and robbing a local.
A married couple, also Iranians, who were with Ahmadi Rasoul, 18, when the robbery took place have been allowed to return to Ho Chi Minh City after having their personal documents confiscated, according to police.
Police said on February 12 Rasoul stopped the Toyota Innova he was driving at a grocery store owned by Nguyen Thi Kim Lien in Tan Phuoc District. The couple, Ahmadi Hossein and Rezaeiniko Afasneh, and their two four-year-old daughters were inside the car.
Rasoul then got out of the car to buy goods, including soap and milk, at a total of VND60,000 (US$2.8). He gave Lien a VND500,000-note.
When receiving his change from the woman, he claimed that it was not Vietnamese money and asked her to give him the stack of money worth nearly VND3 million ($143.9) she was holding so that he could choose the notes he liked, police said.
Only after he returned her the stack and left in the car, did Lien realize that she had lost VND1 million ($47.9) from the stack.
Her husband, Nguyen Ngoc Hiep, chased after them on a motorbike and informed local police. The group was arrested when their car got stuck in the mud at a bridge construction site, police said, adding that Hiep then got back his money.
Police said while the police were filling out their reports on scene, the young man tried to escape in the car, but he was stopped after colliding with an excavator.
The couple told police that they had been renting the car for $70 per day from a dealer in HCMC since January 31.
Further investigations into the case are ongoing.
Last December, three Iranians were arrested in the central province of Quang Nam for allegedly robbing nearly VND30 million ($1,400) from a local gas station, using a similar scheme.