Vietnam police arrest 2 taxi drivers for attacking, robbing Korean tourist

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The Hanoi police said Wednesday they have arrested two taxi drivers for allegedly attacking a South Korean tourist and stealing his things after failing in an attempt to overcharge him last weekend, An Ninh Thu Do newspaper reported.


Do Van Duong, 31, and Nguyen Anh Trai, 38, are being held for questioning.


On February 8 Lee Seang Man, 24, a student in China who came to Vietnam for Tet, the countru's Lunar New Year, hailed Duong’s taxi at the bus station on Giai Phong Street in Hoang Mai District.


Lee came outside and took the unnamed, unlicensed taxi at the gate and asked Duong to take him to Hoan Kiem Lake, the police said.


Duong reportedly drove around and then asked Lee to pay VND500,000 (US$23.7).


Lee refused, saying that his GPS showed the ride should only cost VND100,000.


Duong called Trai, who was also driving at that time, to the scene.


When Lee saw another taxi near him, he jumped out and entered Trai’s taxi. Duong followed.


Trai drove to a deserted area near a dyke in Thanh Tri District and stopped.

There he and Duong hit Lee on the face with fire extinguishers and grabbed his mobile phone and wallet with VND300,000 ($14), 30,000 Chinese yuan ($4,947) ,and some personal papers before fleeing.


Some locals called the police after finding Lee, with blood all over his face, screaming for help.


He was taken to hospital and an interpreter was provided.


Based on his testimony, the Thanh Tri police arrested Duong Tuesday, and he told them about Trai, who was arrested soon afterwards.


On Wednesday they returned Lee’s property in the presence of South Korean embassy representatives.

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