Police in the southern province of Binh Phuoc Sunday arrested a man for allegedly not reporting a friend’s conspiracy to kill six people of a family despite earlier being asked to join in the murders.
Nguyen Hai Duong (L) and Vu Van Tien, the two suspects in the killing of six members of a family in Binh Phuoc Province
Tran Van Thoai, 27, is a friend of Nguyen Hai Duong, 24, the main suspect in the murder of a wealthy family last month and who has been arrested along with Vu Van Tien, also 24, for “murder” and “robbery”.
According to a Thanh Nien source, Duong had asked Thoai to join him in breaking into the house of Le Van My, 48, who owned a timber processing company in Chon Thanh District.
Duong is the ex-boyfriend of Le Thi Anh Linh, My’s murdered 22-year-old daughter.
After Linh broke up with him in April Duong devised a plan to kill the family and rob them, the police said.
But Thoai allegedly refused to join in and Duong then successfully persuaded Tien.
The police said Thoai knew about the conspiracy but neither did anything to prevent it nor report it.
Ministry of Public Security officers have said Duong and Tien confessed to their crime.
To commit the crime, Duong allegedly bought two knives, a stun gun, a BB pistol, gloves, masks, plastic cable wire and duct tape.
At 8 p.m. on July 6 Duong phoned Du Minh Vy, My’s 14-year-old nephew, and asked him to open the gate for him later so that he could sneak in and steal something. He promised to give Vy some money.
Then, at around 2 a.m., Duong and Tien drove a motorbike to the house on National Highway 13.
The police said they killed Vy as soon as he opened the gate and went on to kill Linh, her parents, her 15-year-old brother, and an 18-year-old cousin.
They spared the life of Linh's 18-month-old sister, who was sleeping in a bedroom.
They left the house at around 4.30 a.m. with a meager haul of VND4 million (US$183), five smartphones, and a tablet.
The police said they found the murder weapons, cash, the phones, and the tablet in Tien's house.
Duong was arrested on July 10 in Binh Phuoc, and Tien the same day in his house in Ho Chi Minh City's Hoc Mon District.
The police do not think the duo had anybody else with them.