18 Nov 2011

Female tourist dragged by car in brazen robbery in CNMI

7:36 am on 18 November 2011

In the Northern Marianas, a Japanese tourist was dragged several metres by a car when she chased a man who had grabbed her bag as she was walking in the capital, Saipan.

Witnesses say the victim and her boyfriend were in a popular tourist area when a man suddenly grabbed her bag.

The pair then chased the robber, who jumped into a waiting vehicle.

The female tourist was able to hold on to the door of the front passenger's side but because the vehicle sped off, she was dragged for a few metres until she fell.

The 32-year-old tourist suffered extensive bruising on her legs and left arm.

There has been a rise in crimes against tourist on Saipan recently.

Last month, five robberies were perpetrated against tourists, which led the CNMI House of Representatives to pass a bill increasing minimum jail time for such offences.