A teenaged boy suspected of killing his school mate at a Ho Chi Minh City hotel over unrequited love has been arrested at his home in central Vietnam nearly two weeks after the murder.
The HCMC police cooperated with their Quang Binh Province colleagues to arrest Nguyen Van Thien Sunday and took him in for questioning.
The 17-year-old has been hiding since his 13-year-old schoolmate was found dead after being alone with him for 15 minutes in a hotel room in the southern city.
They and other schoolmates were returning from a trip to Singapore and stayed one night at the hotel. When they were about to leave for Quang Binh on July 22, Thien said he lost his passport and asked the girl to go up with him to his room to look for it.
Their teachers said after waiting in the lobby for a while they called the duo but neither answered.
They then went up to the room to check and found it locked from inside.
Thien told them from inside the girl had gone down and he was in the toilet.
The teachers checked around but could not find her.
They returned to Thien’s room and found it still locked.
They asked a hotel employee to open the door and found the girl in the bathtub, unconscious and bleeding from the mouth.
Thien escaped while the others were busy with the girl, who died the next morning at a hospital.
Police said traces at the scene and forensic tests suggested that Thien had strangled the girl to death.
They also suspected he had raped her.
Their friends said Thien was in love with the girl but she repeatedly turned him down.
Thanh Nien News erroneously reported earlier, citing news website VietNamNet, that the police had found Thien a couple days after the killing.