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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Same suspect in 2 robbery cases

Five days after an unidentified man assaulted a businesswoman and her 16-year-old daughter during a robbery near Garapan Elementary School on Dec. 11, the same suspect also beat up and robbed another woman in Susupe.

Police spokesman Jason Tarkong said yesterday that, on Dec. 16 at 12:15am, police officers responded to a robbery incident that occurred by Dollar Days Wholesale, Beach Road, Susupe.

Tarkong said the victim, a 36-year-old Chinese woman, was walking home when the suspect punched her in the head, causing her to fall to the ground.

The suspect beat up the victim, grabbed her red purse, then ran to a pickup truck that sped south on Beach Road.

The vehicle was described as a red extra cab with large tires and noisy muffler.

The robber managed to get the victim’s “I Love Saipan” handbag containing $50 cash, a comb, and a black Samsung cellphone.

The suspect was described as about 5’8” to 5’10” tall, skinny, about 150 to 160 lbs, and with dark complexion. At the time, he had no shirt and was wearing only a pair of short pants.

Tarkong said police believe that the Dec. 16 robbery is related to the Dec. 11 robbery that happened in front of Capitol Hotel near Capitol Bowling and Garapan Elementary School.

The victims and witnesses have the same description of the suspect and the vehicle in both cases.

Minhong Ji, 45, of Jiangsu, China, sustained a facial bone fracture on the right cheek and bruises on her arms. Her daughter was injured in the mouth.

The suspect managed to run off with Ji’s bag containing $800 cash, a Sony digital camera, cell phone, her passport, car keys, wallet, driver’s licenses for the CNMI, Guam, and China, ATM cards, and credit cards.

Ji and her daughter were heading back to Capitol Hotel after shopping in western Garapan and were about 20 meters from the hotel when the suspect appeared from behind them.

Without saying a word, the suspect repeatedly punched Ji in the face, knocking her out. The suspect then punched her daughter in the mouth.

The robber grabbed Ji’s bag and ran toward a red pickup truck that was parked at the Garapan Elementary School’s fence line. The truck sped off toward the western Garapan area.

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