Surveillance camera catches footage of suspect; victim loses $2,000 cash
A masseuse suffered multiple injuries when an unidentified man allegedly beat her up and robbed her inside her room at Micro Beach Hotel in western Garapan early yesterday morning.
The suspect was described as a local male, dark skinned, about 20 to 30 years old, 5’6” tall, medium built, about 170 lbs, and with bush shoulder-length hair tied up.
When the crimes happened the suspect was wearing a gray T-shirt, light colored shorts with print, a light colored baseball cap, and slippers, police said.
The victim, a 41-year-old Chinese woman, suffered several abrasions, bruises, and cuts to her face. Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services medics transported her to the Commonwealth Healthcare Center for further treatment.
The victim’s purse containing over $2,000 cash was stolen.
When Saipan Tribune visited the hotel yesterday afternoon, the victim was lying on her bed. Some of her Chinese female friends and neighbors were attending to her.
The surveillance camera captured a clear footage of the suspect along with the victim upon entering the hotel’s main entrance on the ground floor.
Department of Public Safety acting spokesman Jason Tarkong said that at 2:17am yesterday, police responded to Micro Beach and met with the victim, who reported that she was assaulted and robbed inside her room.
Tarkong said the hotel’s surveillance camera’s footage shows that the victim and the suspect walked into the lobby of Micro Beach Hotel at 1:56am.
The victim took the suspect to her room located on the third floor to offer him a massage.
Once in the room, the suspect attacked her and struck her on the face. The suspect punched the victim several times, causing her to lose consciousness.
When the victim later regained consciousness, she noticed that her cabinet was open and personal items were scattered on the floor. Her purse containing money was also stolen.
Tarkong said witnesses saw the suspect fleeing down the alley between the JJ Commercial Building and Micro Beach Hotel. The suspect was last seen running east of Micro Beach Road.
A hotel employee said she saw the victim and the suspect when they entered the hotel.
The employee said about 30 minutes later, she was surprised when she saw the bloodied crying victim coming downstairs accompanied by a couple who are staying next to the victim’s room. The employee said she then called the police.
Saipan Tribune learned from hotel employees that the suspect fled the hotel either using the door in the back of the building or jumping into the stairs of another adjacent building.
Crime Stoppers and DPS are seeking the public’s help to solve this case, said Tarkong, who is also coordinator for the NMI Crime Stoppers Program.