Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Guam: Local Asks Japanese Tourist for a Ride Home, Assaults Tourist, Steals Rental Vehicle

According to http://www.pacificnewscenter.com, a Japanese tourist was assaulted and robbed yesterday (October 1) afternoon by a hitch-hiker who then stole the tourist's rental car and escaped.

The tourist was at Nimitz Beach, sitting in his rental vehicle when a man approached him and asked if he could get a ride to his home in Umatac.

The Japanese tourist agreed and drove the man south, near the Cetti Bay Overlook , where the hitch-hiker told the tourist to pull over. The assailant then demanded money from the victim and told him to get out of the car.

An altercation subsequently occurred at which point the hitch-hiker punched the tourist in his left eye. Moments later, the victim exited  the rental car permitting the assailant to escape in the victim's rental vehicle.

The victim suffered visible bruises to his face, but refused medical treatment.

COMMENT: The suspect is described as being possible Micronesian and standing 5-feet 8-inches to 5-feet 10-inches tall. He has a medium to heavy build, a dark complexion, unknown age group.  

The stolen rental vehicle is a silver Toyota Corolla.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Guam police or call Guam Crime Stoppers at 477-HELP. 

It seems logical that visitors to Guam, or any other destination for that matter, not provide rides to strangers, yet the tourist agreed to give the local man a ride to his home, ostensibly because he found himself in an awkward, vulnerable situation.

As I have urged in numerous other postings over the years, if visitors are planning to sit in their vehicle while planning their next visit to a local attraction, they should sit in a fully-locked vehicle with the engine running and the air conditioning on with the windows up, so as they can avoid auto theft, assault, rape or armed robbery and potentially escape from the area if harassed or bothered by locals.

It is also unwise to refuse medical treatment when injured in conjunction with a crime as if the situation worsens, the victim will be on-record as refusing treatment.

Very often, a police report is often required to prove to insurance companies and others that a material loss occurred as a result of a violent crime.