Cab­bie fends off knife-wield­ing teen

The Myanmar Times - - News -

A 15-year-old Hlaing Thar­yar town­ship res­i­dent is in cus­tody after po­lice say he pulled a knife on a taxi driver on Septem­ber 3.

U San Thein, of North Okkalapa town­ship, was tak­ing fares in his Toy­ota Corolla at about 9:40pm when he was flagged down by Maung Zaw Zaw Maung near Mae­lamu Pagoda. The boy said he wanted the taxi driver to take him to a bus stop in North Dagon town­ship and they agreed on a K2000 fare.

When the taxi pulled up to the cor­ner of Bo Ba Htoo and Ba Yint Naung streets, Maung Zaw Zaw Maung, who was sit­ting be­hind the driver’s seat, pulled out a 6-inch (15-cen­time­tre) knife and held it to U San Thein’s neck. The boy told the driver not to shout, but the driver grabbed the knife, suf­fer­ing a sliced left thumb, and called for help.

Po­lice later ap­pre­hended Maung Zaw Zaw Maung and he has been charged un­der sec­tion 386 of the pe­nal code for ex­tor­tion through griev­ous in­jury. If con­victed, he faces up to 10 years in prison. The vic­tim U San Thein was taken to North Okkalapa hos­pi­tal.

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