Another Grab And Run In Nasole, Police Investigate

He pulled with so much force that I fell to the ground hitting my head with the railings on the side of the road -Swartika Wati,Victim of robbery
05 Feb 2021 11:51
Another Grab And Run In Nasole, Police Investigate
Swartika Wati shows the injuries she sustained during the robbery. Her face is concealed for fear of reprisal from the alleged thief. Photo: Inoke Rabonu

Swartika Wati was walking along Nasole Road in Nasinu with her daughter when a man allegedly ran behind them, assaulted her, grabbed her bag and made a run for it.

In the process, the 30-year-old sustained injuries to her head, face, arms and legs.

Ms Wati’s experience is not unique in the area and in other urban parts of the country.

Over the past two weeks Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro confirmed a few similar incidents reported from Nasole with suspects yet to be found.

Ms Wati said: “I was walking with my daughter back from doing some shopping in Valelevu at around 6.30pm on Saturday.

“When we reached the shop in Nasole right opposite the bus stop towards Nausori, we could hear a young man jogging from behind us.

“He wore a hoodie that covered his head.

“We actually thought he was training so we actually stepped aside to give him way.”

She said instead of running past, he grabbed her bag and tried to run away with it.

“I kept pulling it back from him, we did this for a good five to 10 minutes,” she said.

“He pulled with so much force that I fell to the ground hitting my head with the railings on the side of the road.

“I fell to the ground, hit my head and blood started to ooze from my head and legs.”

She said she shouted for help and taxi drivers from a nearby taxi base came to her aid but the suspect had already run away with her bag.

“I had close to $200, my phone, all my ID cards and some other very important stuff in my bag.”

She pleaded with authorities to frequently patrol these areas because it was not the first report of a grab and run incident.

“I am so scared to even step out of the house. I fear becoming a victim again,” she said.

Deployment of Police officers

Police Chief Operations Officer Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Abdul Khan said: “We acknowledge that there are a number of reports of thefts that are still being investigated and some that have not been reported to Police.

“We urge people to come forward and report matters so we can investigate,” he said.

“We have pushed forward officers from the Police Special Response Unit in certain districts in the Southern and Western Division where there have been reports of thefts and burglaries as criminal elements have tried to take advantage of the unfavourable weather situation the country has been facing.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa


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