Korean man suspected of murder nabbed in Hanoi

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Police in Hanoi on Sunday arrested a Korean man for allegedly killing another Korean, two days previously, at a local hotel.


Initial investigations have shown that Lee Hwangyu, 35, bludgeoned a man, Bae, to death with a fire-extinguisher in room 403 of Ha Thanh Hotel in Cau Giay District, early Friday morning.


Lee, on vacation in Vietnam, met Bae, who headed a group of five Korean tourists, at the airport on Wednesday and joined their group, police said.


The group then checked in to Thanh Dong Hotel, where Lee had a conflict with a fellow group member after dinner. He was stopped by other members of the group and the hotel's security guards, police said.


They moved to Ha Thanh Hotel the next day where Bae called Lee to his room to talk. It was then that Lee allegedly killed him, according to police.


Bae's body was discovered by the hotel's receptionist, and Lee was arrested while disturbing the peace in Hoan Kiem District.

Investigations are ongoing.


In other related news, police in Hanoi on Sunday took five people into custody, including four Chinese, on suspicion of stealing nearly VND60 million (US$3,166) from a strongbox in the headquarters of Dai Mo Commune's People's Committee.


Police said the gang was suspected of committing recent strongbox thefts in the capital, stealing up to VND1 billion ($52,770).

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