According to a Chinese restaurant owner, at 6 pm on April 20, 2019, a group of five Chinese people in a Hyundai TOP1 Black, without a number plate took five Chinese girls from the boss to sit down to drink.
This was iat Tang Datong Restaurant on Russian Highway, Chong Thnal West Village, Sangkat Teuk Thla, Khan Sen Sok.
After drinking alcohol until 9:10 pm, the suspects asked the five women to go for a short walk, and then forced them into the car.
At 10:00 pm, the suspects phoned the restaurant boss threatening to extort money from the kidnapping asking for 10 thousand yuan each (around $1500) in exchange for the release of five Chinese women.
Three of the five women were aged 23, the other 25 and 27.
In the panic, the owner of the restaurant negotiated the initial payment of 19,000, but the suspects were not released. At 4 am on April 21, 2019, the suspects demanded an additional 320,000 yuan (*probably 32,000) to release three Chinese women, but when they were not released, the boss reported to authorities, who went to investigate at the restaurant.
At around 6:20 am on April 21, three of the women were released in Kampot town, and police are still searching for the other two.
*Kidnap and extortion gangs from China have been especially prevalent in recent times. To find out about other cases, click here