Monday, August 27, 2012

UK: Tourist, 18, Pursues Snatch-and-Grab Suspect, Only to Be Sexually Assaulted After Catching Him

A Japanese tourist, 18, was the victim of a serious sexual assault at 1930 hours on August 24, after her handbag was grabbed in a snatch-and-run incident on Hammond Street in Netherthorpe, Sheffield.

COMMENT: I strongly recommend AGAINST solo crime victims chasing perpetrators over stolen property, largely because you can never predict what the outcome will be, as occurred in this case.  

It is also possible that the victim could have been killed if the suspect had been armed.

Rather than chasing down a suspect, it is far more important for crime victims to collect their thoughts and write down their assailant's description for police. South Yorkshire police are investigating.