Hanoi police have arrested a man on suspicion he was blackmailing a dairy company by threatening to poison its milk, local newspaper Hanoi Moi (New Hanoi) reported on Tuesday.
Luong Van Thai, 25, was apprehended Monday when he was withdrawing money from an ATM in Cau Giay District.
According to the news source, around two weeks ago, Thai bought two packs of Vinamilk fresh milk and ejected herbicide into them with a syringe.
He then went to the adjacent province of Nam Dinh, where he sent the milk to Ho Chi Minh City-based Vinamilk Company by express mail with a message demanding VND100 million (US$5,414), threatening that he would spread the poisoned milk if the money was not paid, the newspaper said.
Since then Thai, a fresh graduate from a Hanoi-based university, had continued to threaten the country’s largest dairy company by e-mail, it added.
Vinamilk, meanwhile, informed the police and tried to bargain with Thai to reduce his “ransom” to VND75 million.
On Saturday the company transferred VND35 million to Thai’s account, according to the newspaper, adding that he spent the money on buying a laptop and other things.
The next day, Thai demanded that Vinamilk transfers the remaining amount and was arrested when he was withdrawing VND5 million from his account, Hanoi Moi said.
Police said they are investigating the case further.
Source: Thanh Nien