Vietnamese jailed for robbing Russian tourist in Da Nang coffee shop

By Nguyen Tu, Thanh Nien News

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Tran Hong Hieu, 22, stands trial in Da Nang on May 18, 2016. Photo: Nguyen Tu/Thanh Nien Tran Hong Hieu, 22, stands trial in Da Nang on May 18, 2016. Photo: Nguyen Tu/Thanh Nien

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A court in Da Nang on Wednesday sentenced a 22-year-old man to three and a half years in jail for robbing a Russian tourist of her handbag last year.
According to the indictment, Tran Hong Hieu, a native of the central beach town of Nha Trang, was working as a DJ in Da Nang.
At around 5 p.m. on November 5, he was riding a motorbike around the city and spotted a Russian tourist, 21-year-old Reviakina Ekaterina Valadimirovna, at a coffee shop in Ngu Hanh Son District with a handbag on the table.
Hieu parked his motorbike and entered the shop to snatch the bag and a phone before fleeing.
The bag contained another smartphone, US$1,200 worth of cash, a pair of earrings, a diamond ring and a bottle of perfume.
He sold the earrings, spent the money and gave the bag and perfume to his girlfriend. He also asked a local man to unlock one of the phones after paying him with the other.
Hieu was arrested three days later in Nha Trang, more than 500 kilometers from Da Nang, after police checked security camera footage. 
Raiding Hieu's house in Da Nang, police found the diamond ring, which the Russian tourist claimed was worth $50,000. They also managed to recover the other items.
Hieu confessed to the crime. Police are still investigating allegations that he was involved in other robbery cases.

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