Ho Chi Minh police have launched a manhunt for the director of a drinking water company who is suspected of attempting to kill a journalist on March 20.
Nguyen Duc Thanh, editor of the Doanh Nghiep va Trang Trai Viá»‡t Nam (Vietnam Enterprise and Farm) Magazine, is being treated for his injuries at the city's Gia Dinh Hospital.
Thanh has named Nguyen Huu Loi, director of the Nguyen Le Company in Tan Phu District, which produces bottled water, as the culprit.
The crime happened at around 10 p.m. at Thanh's house on Go Vap District's Le Van Tho Street - where he lives alone - when a neighbor, identified only as T, heard Thanh calling for help.
T and many locals rushed to help and found the door locked from inside. A man, later identified as Loi, suddenly opened the door and fled.
The neighbors brought Thanh to the hospital and reported the matter to the police.
Doctors at the Gia Dinh Hospital said Thanh had sustained injuries in his head, a cut in his neck and other wounds in his face and hand.
Thanh told VietNamNet that he suspects Loi intended to kill him and rob his property.
He said he first met Loi some three or four years ago when he was working at another magazine and Loi used to donate for the magazine's charity activities. They often called each other since then.
After half a year without any communication, Loi phoned Thanh to say he would come to meet him at his house.
Loi arrived at Thanh's house at around 8 p.m. and said he was about to open a factory in Cu Chi District and asked Thanh to help him with printing invitation cards, designing gift bags and publishing a notice in his magazine.
At around 10 p.m., Loi went to the toilet and said he would buy a washing machine for Thanh. Suddenly, Loi attempted to strangle the host with his hands.
He took out a hammer and later a knife to attack Thanh and only stopped when the local residents arrived after hearing the victim's cries for help.
Several sources told the VietNamNet newswire that Loi's wife was deceased and he has a child that is staying with his relatives in Binh Dinh Province.
Over the past several years, Loi has owed a lot of money to many people, the newswire reported.