Japanese Tourist Robbed, Assaulted

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Guam – A Japanese tourist was robbed and assaulted Tuesday afternoon by a hitcher who then stole the tourist’s rental car.

Acting GPD Spokeswoman Sgt. Liz Flickinger says Police got the call about 6pm Tuesday. The tourist was at Nimitz Beach, sitting in his rental car, when a man approached him and asked if he could hitch a ride to his home in Umatac.

The Japanese tourist agreed and drove the man south, near the Cetti Bay Overlook , where the hitcher told the tourist to pull over. The hitcher then demanded money from the victim and told him to get out of the car.

An altercation occurred and the hitcher punched the tourist in his left eye. The victim then got out of  the rental car, the hitcher got into the drivers seat and drove away.

Sgt. Flickinger said that the victim suffered visible bruises to his face, but refused medical treatment.

The suspect is described as being possible Micronesian, and standing 5-feet 8-inches to 5-feet 10-inches tall. He has a medium to heavy build, a dark complexion, unknown age group.  The stolen rental car is a silver Toyota Corolla.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Guam police or call Guam Crime Stoppers at 477-HELP.