Cops identify persons of interest in hit-and-run

Police have identified persons of interest in the hit-and-run involving a car that mowed down a female tourist who was walking with a friend on the shoulder of Beach Road near Mascot Auto Parts in southern Garapan Friday afternoon.

Department of Public Safety spokesperson Jacqueline Rae Shepard said yesterday that, after an extensive search, DPS police officers found the car—a four-door turquoise Toyota Corolla—and impounded it. A “person of interest” is not necessarily a suspect and is usually not arrested.

“An investigation is currently underway,” Shepard said.

Shepard earlier stated that investigators believe the incident began as a purse snatching that ended in a hit-and-run.

Shepard said that DPS dispatch received a call on Friday at 1:14pm about a hit-and-run involving a pedestrian along Beach Road near Gold Beach Hotel.

Police investigation showed that two Chinese female tourists were walking on the northbound shoulder of Beach Road when a car that was traveling north hit one of them near Mascot Auto Parts. The car did not stop.

The 25-year-old victim was brought to the Commonwealth Health Center, where she was treated and released with minor injuries.

Video of the incident taken from the surveillance camera of a nearby establishment that went viral on social media showed the tourist being sideswiped from the back by the car and falling on her back.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a veteran journalist who has covered all news beats in the CNMI. Born in Lilo-an, Cebu City in the Philippines, De la Torre graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is a recipient of many commendations and awards, including the CNMI Judiciary’s prestigious Justice Award for his over 10 years of reporting on the judiciary’s proceedings and decisions. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@saipantribune.com

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