Vietnam police arrest last suspect in arm-severing robbery

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Police in Ho Chi Minh City have arrested a man, who along with two others, is suspected of severing a man's arm with a machete in order to steal his mobile phone last year, Tuoi Tre reported on Monday.  

Tran Minh Tuan, 20, was apprehended at his home in District 10 and handed over to police in District 8, where the robbery took place, for questioning, the newspaper quoted Senior Lieutenant-Colonel Le Van Hai, deputy chief of District 8's police division, as saying.

His accomplices Dao Chinh Dai, 27, and Nguyen Huu Long, 16, were arrested in January.

On December 14, the trio was travelling on a motorbike along Ta Quang Buu Street at night when they saw Bui Nhu Dao, 22, talking on the phone in front of a house, the suspects told police.

Dai and Long jumped off the bike and slashed Dao's left arm, making him drop his phone, which they grabbed before fleeing.  

The robbers told police that they stole the phone, thinking that it was an iPhone, but it turned out to be a Chinese fake worth only several tens of dollars.

After the attack, Dao was hospitalized with 60 percent of his armed severed. But, doctors successfully reattached it.

Police are investigating. 

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