Robber nabbed after stabbing man to death, injuring cop in Vietnam metro

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Police in Ho Chi Minh City Monday arrested a man who allegedly stole a laptop and fatally stabbed its owner besides injuring a police officer who chased after him.

It happened when Cao Xuan Lap, 28, grabbed a laptop from 22-year-old Hoang Ngoc Tri in broad daylight in Tan Binh District.

When Tri chased after him and crashed his motorbike into Lap's, the robber attacked him with a knife.

Police said Tri collapsed after being stabbed in his chest and stomach, and succumbed in hospital later the same day.

After the attack, Lap dropped his bike and fled into an alley.

But he was pursued by Vo Si Hoang, 33, a police officer in Tan Phu District, who had been passing by.

He proceeded to stab the cop in his arms and face, the police said.

Lap then continued to flee, threatening a passer-by to grab his motorbike. But when he was about to flee on the bike, 31-year-old Cat Van Thuan, another passer-by, crashed his bike into Lap's.

Thuan and some others managed to grab Lap, the police said, adding that Hoang, despite being injured, joined them.

Lap's captors proceeded to beat him unconscious, they said.

Hoang was taken to the nearby My Duc Hospital, where his condition has stabilized.

Lap has been taken into custody for questioning.

The police are investigating.

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