Colonel Nguyen Duc Son.
Colonel Nguyen Duc Son, director of the Hoa Binh Police Department, said that this was among his most thrilling cases in the past 40 years.
According to the police, a group of kidnappers went to the house of a H’mong man, 22-year old Song A De in the northern mountainous province of Son La and asked him to pay back debts. They used a gun to threaten the family and kidnapped Song Thi Giang, De’s daughter.
The kidnappers asked for a ransom of VND500 million (US$25,000) and five packs of heroin. While keeping Giang hostage, the group shot and injured a person.
The eight people who involved in the kidnap include: Le Van Tho, 32, Tang Ba Vinh, 25, Le Van Me, 26, all from Hai Duong province, Nguyen Xuan Toan, 26, Do Van Nhuan, 27, Nguyen Song Toan, 27, Dinh Thi Tam, 27 and Nguyen Duc Toan, 24, from Hoa Binh province.
Over one hundred of police officers were mobilized to check hotels, inns, to patrol roads to find the trace of kidnappers.
According to Colonel Son, the group of kidnappers moved from Son La to Hoa Binh, Phu Tho, Hanoi, Quang Ninh in order to put police off the scent. They called the victim’s family several times, asking them to pay ransom.
On March 5, police received reports that there was a suspicious group of two men, a woman and a girl entering the Anh Duong guest house in Hoa Binh town.
Upon discovering that the group was on the wanted list, police quickly besieged the guesthouse.
During the night, they continuously called the group to surrender and release the girl, but the kidnappers remained inside guesthouse and threatened to harm Giang.
At 6am on Tuesday, police usded teargas to subdue the kidnappers. They seized 27-year old Do Van Nhuan, 24 year-old Nguyen Xuan Toan and 27-year old Dinh Thi Tam, and confiscated a handgun and dozens of bullets at the scene.
In the afternoon, through investigation, the police caught four more people, including 32-year old Le Van Tho, who organized the kidnapping.
Police are investigating the case further.PV