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Three Arrested for Suva Alleged Robbery

Chris Ilow, who is from Vanuatu and is studying at the University of the South Pacific, was with his friend when he was attacked at about 4am.
04 Aug 2019 11:59
Three Arrested for Suva Alleged Robbery
Police on foot patrol around Suva City on August 2, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

A heavy Police presence in Suva City did not deter a group of men and women from robbing a university student early yesterday morning.

Chris Ilow, who is from Vanuatu and is studying at the University of the South Pacific, was with his friend when he was attacked at about 4am.

Mr Ilow said seven young men and four women, who he believes are fellow students, robbed him when he was trying to wave down a taxi along Victoria Parade after buying barbecue.

The incident happened across the road from an area where a man was mugged by another group last week.

After that attack and other robberies and muggings within the city area, Police launched a major operation a few days ago.

Several Police officers have been seen in the city on foot patrol and in vehicles from the evening to dawn in an attempt to keep criminal elements at bay.

But despite the big Police presence, Mr Ilow was the target of an alleged robbery and lost his wallet and mobile phone.

He immediately reported the matter to the Police.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said three people were arrested for an alleged aggravated robbery case along Victoria Parade.

“The victim is a USP student and he was walking with others when three people allegedly grabbed him and tried to steal items when they were confronted by our K9 unit,” she said.

“The three were arrested by the K9 and Police Special Response Unit and brought to the station where they are now being questioned.”

Ms Naisoro said there were seven drunk and disorderly cases, and three drunk and incapable cases.

The 10 people were in Police custody yesterday.

There were also two cases of loitering, two cases of obstruction and two cases of disobedience of lawful order.

Meanwhile, a Fiji Sun team witnessed Police operations on Friday night until after the closure of nightclubs at 5am yesterday.

Police officers also blocked a road and closed a nightclub at about 1.30am to carry out some checks.

Ms Naisoro said it was a random check at the nightclub.

The Police operation in Suva City will continue for some time in the wake of recent robberies and muggings.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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