The Ho Chi Minh City police have arrested an 18-year-old man for allegedly throwing acid on two young women, including his former girlfriend who had ended their relationship.
Le Van Sang was arrested at 5 p.m. Thursday, according to Senior Lieutenant Colonel Trinh Van Sam of the District 9 police.
He has admitted to the crime, the police said.
The incident happened at noon that day when Sang’s ex-girlfriend, identified only as H, and her friend V, both 18, were riding a motorbike home from the HCMC Industry and Trade College.
On La Xuan Oai Street, Sang and another man, who is still at large, approached on a motorbike and threw acid on them before fleeing.
The women crashed their motorbike and were taken to the Thu Duc Area General Hospital.
V was discharged soon after treatment for light burns, but H was transferred to Cho Ray Hospital with more serious injuries.
Dr Pham Van Khiem of Cho Ray said she had suffered burns in her face and left eye.
The police found that Sang used to be H’s boyfriend at a high school in District 9.
After H decided to break up, Sang had repeatedly threatened her.
The acid attack happened after H refused to answer his calls.
Meanwhile, V remains frightened and does not dare go out of her house.
“I and H were driving home without knowing that someone was following to throw acid,” the first-year business administration student said. “Everything happened within 30 seconds.”
The duo had not recognized Sang or his companion because the attack had happened too quickly.
The police picked up Sang on suspicion and are hunting for the other man.