Vietnam gold-shop teen killer turns himself in

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The prime suspect in a murder committed during a gold-shop robbery in northern Vietnam turned himself in Wednesday after police arrested his teenaged accomplice within a day.

News website VietNamNet reported that Nguyen Viet Toan, 19, surrendered to the police after hiding in his uncle's house where he learnt that one of the three men he stabbed during the robbery had died.

Meanwhile, the police, with the assistance of locals, arrested Ha Van Tinh, 16 for the robbery in Hung Yen Province.

Toan has admitted being the mastermind behind the crime since he had been losing heavily at gambling in recent times.

Ha and Toan allegedly went to the shop owned by Do Van Kiem and asked for a silver necklace. One of them tried it on before suddenly fleeing with it. It was worth more than VND5 million (US$250).

They were chased by Do Xuan Luong, 38, the niece of the shop owner, for a kilometer when Toan fatally stabbed her.

Two neighbors intervened and were stabbed multiple times.

Police seized a clasp knife around 25 centimeters long at the scene.

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