Machete-wielding robbers arrested in Vietnam

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The Ho Chi Minh City police have tracked down and arrested the four robbers who allegedly carried out a horrific attack on a young woman last week.

They also arrested three fences who had allegedly bought motorbikes and other properties the gang is suspected to have stolen in 17 cases in the last four months.

Huynh Thanh Son, 30, Tran Van Luong, 24, Ho Duy Truc, and Nguyen Hoang Phuong, both 19, will face charges of robbery and "deliberately injuring others."

Huynh Bao Anh, 44, Cao Danh Hung, 29, and Doan Van Vo, 22, will be charged with buying stolen property.

According to the police, they had tracked down the four robbers to a hotel following their brutal assault on Nguyen Thi Ngoc Thuy, 28, on November 24 in an attempt to steal her motorbike.

The men, who were on two motorbikes, targeted Thuy when she was riding over Phu My Bridge in District 2.

Luong and Truc approached her and the latter, who was riding pillion, slashed at her right wrist twice with a 50-centimeter-long machete.

Thuy jumped off her bike, holding her hand that was hanging by the skin, and cried for help.

Phuong and Son then approached her and snatched her handbag with VND4.2 million inside. The other two were, meanwhile, struggling to start her motorbike.

Since passers-by rushed to the spot after hearing Thuy's cries, the robbers dropped her bike and fled.

Thuy was rushed to hospital.

The police said they arrested the four the same night soon after they had just checked in at a hotel in Binh Chanh.

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They seized eight scooters, a gun, and several other deadly weapons including machetes and tasers from the men's houses.

Major Tran Van Hieu, deputy chief of District 2, said they were "brutal" because before a robbery some of the gangsters would use drugs.

They often targeted people on expensive scooters and with expensive stuff, he added.

Police are looking for other people possibly involved.

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