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Man Arrested 42 Minutes After Release

September 18, 2003

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) _ Vothy Chhay was a free man _ for 42 minutes.

Released from the Clark County Jail at 7:25 a.m. Wednesday, he was booked back in by 8:07 a.m. for investigation of car prowling _ the same charge on which he was previously jailed.

Sheriff’s deputy Tim Gosch was called outside the county courthouse about 8 a.m. after a Juvenile Court worker saw a man try to open the door of her white 2003 Lexus and asked what he was doing.

``Chhay responded by telling her she had a nice car and he would give her 30 large″ ($30,000) ``along with something on the side,″ Gosch wrote in his arrest report.

The woman replied that her car wasn’t for sale.

Gosch found Chhay, 19, nearby and arrested him. He had just been released pending trial in another car-prowling case.

Chhay has been convicted of possessing stolen property, forgery, violating a protection order, second-degree theft, permitting a minor to consume liquor, unlawful possession of a firearm and a drug offense, Superior Court records show.

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