Two men disguised as women rob Canadian tourist in HCMC, caught by police

By Quoc Thang   December 16, 2018 | 09:02 pm PT
Two men disguised as women rob Canadian tourist in HCMC, caught by police
Two men disguised as women are held at a HCMC police station for snatch a cell phone from a Canadian tourist. Photo by VnExpress/Quoc Thang
Saigon police arrested two cross-dressing men for snatching a cell phone from a foreigner celebrating Vietnam’s football win early Sunday.

Scores of foreigners had joined Vietnamese football fans on the streets of downtown Ho Chi Minh City to celebrate the AFF Suzuki Cup win Saturday night in Hanoi.

Many partied well into the early hours of Sunday.

A pair of patrolling police officers got suspicious and followed the duo, who were on a motorbike in the popular backpacker area in District 1.

The men approached Jack Sanders, 34, a Canadian man standing in front of a house on Bui Thi Xuan Street and tricked him into joining them on their motorbike to celebrate.

He agreed and went with them.

They took him to a nearby alley, grabbed his phone and escaped on their vehicle. The two officers immediately gave chase and took them down.  

The two, Le Thanh Duong, 23, and Nguyen Minh Canh, 27, are in custody, the police said, adding they dressed as women to lure unwary foreign men.  

HCMC, Vietnam's largest metro, is one of the most visited destinations in the country, but its charm is being undermined by street crimes, chaotic traffic and pollution.

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