Da Lat police on Wednesday arrested a taxi driver on suspicion of brutally beating and robbing a female passenger before leaving her on an empty street late last month.
A police source told Thanh Nien that the victim, who was drunk at the time, took a taxi from a nightclub to her hotel in the early hours on August 31.
The driver Pham Tuan Anh, 24, allegedly stole her phone and purse after she fell asleep in the car. There was about VND7 million (US$320) in the purse.
At around 1 a.m. H woke up and asked for her belongings, but Anh deliberately drove around and only gave her back the phone.
The driver then reportedly stopped the car by an empty street. He punched and kicked her, and left her there.
As Anh was about to drive away, the passenger managed to climb onto the car’s hood. It is believed that he drove on for nearly a kilometer before pulling over to drag her off the car.
The victim then found a house and asked for help.
Anh was arrested on the same day and admitted to the crime.