Hanoi police seize transcontinental crime gang from Colombia

Tuoi Tre News

Updated : 04/05/2017 09:35 GMT + 7

Police in Hanoi have arrested a transcontinental gang of robbers originating from Colombia, who have operated in multiple countries including Vietnam.

Five members of the syndicate, Rodriguez Cuervo Luis Alexander, 40, Jose Aureliano Rosas Pena, 55, Ladino Cardona Jersain 51, Fabian Lucero Wilches, 35, and Carlos Alberto Lamprea Pena, 47, are all Colombian nationals, the municipal police department confirmed on Tuesday.

At the height of their activity in the Vietnamese capital, the gang targeted residents who had just withdrawn large sums of money from their banks.

According to the case file, their latest scheme was carried out on March 28.

The victim, Pham Van B., made a police report that day stating that the VND1.6 billion (US$70,308) in cash he had just taken from his bank account had been stolen.

As B. was traveling home from the bank in his car, he discovered a flat tire. After exiting the vehicle to change the tire, the man discovered that his money stored on the backseat had vanished.

An investigation later revealed that B. had been followed by several foreign suspects, who were traveling on two motorbikes.

The thieves had punctured B.’s tire with a sharp object and snuck into his car and stolen the cash while the victim was busy fixing the problem.

On February 22, a similar robbery was carried out against another citizen, who lost the VND424 million ($18,631) he had just withdrawn.

The sharp object used to puncture the victims’ car tires. Photo: The Hanoi Department of Police

Over 100 cases

Based on the reports, Hanoi police began an investigation into the case, discovering that the crimes had been committed by a group of Colombian nationals who had arrived in Vietnam on travel visas.

Officers performed a raid on a home in Bac Tu Liem District, where Jersain and Carlos Pena were residing, confiscating some VND790 million ($34,714) in cash, which was still in the seal provided by the bank.

Investigators cooperated with police in the north-central province of Quang Tri to swoop on another hotel, arresting both Jose Pena and Wilches, and discovering nearly VND800 million ($35,154) in cash.

Alexander was apprehended in the north-central province of Ha Tinh on April 1.

All of the suspects admitted at the police station that they had conducted their crimes in several provinces throughout Vietnam.

The criminals also said that they had succeeded in over 100 cases across Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, China, Vietnam and other European and South American countries.

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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage dotchuoinon.com on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development (cvdvn.net). I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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