Two robbery suspects arrested

Police have arrested two men who are believed to have robbed a woman of her bag in Garapan early Thursday morning.

Police responded yesterday, at about midnight, to a robbery incident by the Noodle House intersection of Palm Street and Plumeria Avenue in Garapan.

The first responding unit (police car) was approaching the crime scene when the officer noticed a white Toyota Corolla four-door sedan driving away from the crime scene. The officer radioed the license plate and a description of the car to DPS Central.

Police arrived at the area and met with the victim, a 22-year-old Asian female. The victim was with her friend, also a 22-year-old Asian female, and learned that both women were walking on Palm Street toward the Noodle House when the suspect—described as male, wearing a black hat and black T-shirt—approached the women and grabbed the victim’s bag from her shoulder. The victim struggled with the suspect, who pushed her to the ground, causing her to fall and sustain minor injuries. The suspect ran north toward Ginger Street.

An eyewitness saw the crime and told police the suspect fled in a white Toyota Corolla. The eyewitness provided police with the license plate number of the car, which matched the description and license plate seen by the first responding unit. Another patrol car spotted the suspect’s car by the 99 Cent store on Middle Road. Other units assisted and the suspect’s car was pulled over by the CNMI Museum (across the street from the Sugar King Park in China Town) along Chalan Pale Arnold Road.

Police officers took two males into custody. They were identified as Angel Ruben, 21, and Lucky Chipuelong, 30. Inside the car was the victim’s purse and evidence related to the crime. Both suspects were arrested and charged with robbery, theft, assault and battery, and disturbing the peace. The suspects were transported to the Department of Corrections for booking and detention. (DPS)

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