Lê Đình Kiên, 29, was arrested on May 9 after he tried to extort VNĐ1 billion (US$44,000) from a family in Tôn Thất Thuyết Street of the central province of Hà Tĩnh’s Trần Phú Ward.
Kiên admitted to police that he was studying an economics master’s in China. He returned to Việt Nam and stayed at home during his summer break.
Kiên intended to earn VNĐ1 billion ($44,000) to take his mother with him to China after he saw his parents argue with each other.
On the morning of May 9, Kiên burgled the villa and used a knife to cut Nguyễn Thị Thuận – a domestic helper of the family and then threatened another woman – the owner of the house named Trần Hà Quy and her two daughters.
Quy panicked and gave Kiên dozens of million đồng and begged for mercy. But Kiên refused, asking Quy to go to the bank to get VNĐ 1 billion to give him. Kiên said if Quy told the police, her daughters would be in danger. Quy had no choice, she left her house to go to the bank. Kiên asked Quy to keep in touch with him by video chat.
When Quy got to the bank, she asked the bank staff to allow her to withdraw the money. Before she left, Quy said nothing but gave the staff a note “I’m in danger. Dad, I need your help.” The note was enclosed with the mobile phone number of Quy’s father.
The bank staff waited until Quy left, then contacted her father.
Interestingly, Quy’s father is Major General Trần Công Trường, of the Ministry of Public Security. Fortunately, Trường was on a business trip in Hà Tĩnh that day. When he received the phone call, he knew something bad had happened. He immediately went to his daughter’s house with two colleagues.
Trường and his colleagues entered the house, before the Major General took Kiên’s knife and kicked him. Kiên fell to the floor and was controlled by the two colleagues.
Kiên now faces 7-15 years in prison.
Kiên really matches the proverb “He that knows nothing doubts nothing.”—VNS