A Vietnamese national “posed as a courier and robbed cash” with a stun gun on a woman in her 80s who owed him a favor. | FRIDAY DIGITAL

A Vietnamese national “posed as a courier and robbed cash” with a stun gun on a woman in her 80s who owed him a favor.

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Ho suspect arrested.


This was the moment the woman opened the door in response to the voice on the intercom. The woman was hit in the chest with a stun gun and fell down violently. The man posing as a courier entered the room, took the cash, and fled.

On November 25, the Metropolitan Police Department’s Investigation Division 1 arrested Ho Ngoc Phu, 32, a Vietnamese national and company employee living in Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture, on suspicion of burglary and breaking and entering. Ho Ngoc Phu, 32, a Vietnamese national, is a company employee residing in Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture, and is suspected of burglary and breaking and entering. He is alleged to have robbed her of approximately 110,000 yen in cash.

The alleged incident occurred at around 9:00 p.m. on October 27 this year. The suspect posed as a delivery service provider and broke into Ms. A’s house on the 5th floor of the condominium. Ms. A was pushed out immediately after opening the door, and suffered a bruised cervical vertebrae and a chest wound that will take about 10 days to heal.

A resident of the same condominium called 110 at the request of Ms. A. The suspect took cash from her purse in the western-style room and fled. The security camera footage and Ms. A’s description of the suspect led to the arrest of Ho,” said a reporter from the social affairs section of a national newspaper.

A cardboard box with a fake delivery slip on it

According to the Sankei Shimbun (November 25), a cardboard box with a fake delivery slip was placed in front of Ms. A’s room. What is surprising is that Ms. A was a woman to whom Mr. Ho owed a debt of gratitude.

The suspect used to live on the third floor of the apartment building where the incident took place until a few years ago,” said the owner, Ms. A. “He was also indebted to her. He was indebted to Ms. A, the owner. It can be said that this case targeted a benefactor.

This crime must have been planned; he may have known for some time when Mr. A was home and where he kept his wallet. The suspect admitted to the crime with the following statement. He said, “I lost money on stocks and wanted to get it back, so I did it.

In recent years, crimes committed by foreigners have become more serious and are becoming a major social problem.

Of course, there is no excuse for assaulting a stranger for any reason, as was the case with the suspect in this case,” he said. However, it is also true that there is no system in place to support foreigners living in Japan.

There are many foreigners who are having difficulties in their daily lives but do not know what to do because there is no one around them to ask for help. There are more and more cases of people committing crimes due to their isolation. It is important to create a system to follow up on these cases in parallel with cracking down on them.

The number of crimes committed by foreigners is on the increase. In recent years, the number of such arrests has greatly exceeded 10,000 cases.

Cash robbed from condominium owner’s home (some photos have been doctored)
The robber had a large loss in stocks (some photos have been doctored).
He posed as a courier (some photos have been doctored)
Arrested suspect Ho (photo has been doctored)
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