The court in The Hague sentenced the wanted man, Minh Nghia Vuong, to prison in 2017. Together with two other men, he was involved in the planning and execution of a violent robbery of a money runner on 16 December 2015 in the Meerzicht shopping center in Zoetermeer.
They took a money box with money at gunpoint. The money box was put against a wall and literally ‘rammed’ open by a car of the robbers. The loot: 260,000 euros.
They were also involved in an attempted robbery of a cash runner in the Alexandrium shopping center in Rotterdam on 3 October 2016, and the preparation of one or more robberies.
The police this morning distributed a name and photo of the man who fled, after a 66-year-old woman was shot dead in broad daylight yesterday at the Walburg shopping center at Hof van Holland in Zwijndrecht. The woman died from the shooting.
He also shot her 38-year-old daughter; she is seriously injured in the hospital. The suspect is the ex-partner of the daughter, the police confirm.
Minh Nghia Vuong seemed to get away with his committed robberies, but at the end of October 2016 he was arrested together with another robber. After investigating a found Volkswagen Caddy, which turned out to be stolen, detectives discovered the identity of the robber. And it turned out to be linked to Minh Nghia Vuong.
The suspects were tracked and wiretapped, which is how the police found out that they were preparing another robbery of a money runner.
The Public Prosecution Service demanded 9 years in prison against Vuong. He already had a long criminal record, and the chance that he would be reoffended was estimated to be high. He denied and did not cooperate with investigations.
The judge agreed. In his verdict in 2017, he emphasized that the perpetrator had previously been sentenced to ‘substantial prison terms’ and was also preparing a new robbery. “The file also shows that the suspect has been involved in such robberies on money runners for a period of one year and that he provides for his income by committing such acts.”
The judge points to the social unrest that such robberies cause. “For the victims of such facts, this can be a particularly traumatic experience. The Defendant has not taken this into account and has attached more importance to a possible loot. The court considers this highly suspect.”
The court spoke of ‘sentencing factors’ and imposed 7 years in prison. It is not known when Vuong was released again. The lawyer who represented Vuong in 2017 does not comment and refers to his current lawyer. He does not want to respond to questions from RTL News.
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