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Sohaila Ahmed, Staff Reporter
A 36-year-old Arab man was arrested and referred to criminal court for impersonating a police officer and robbing two Asians of Dhs1,500 in Dubai.
The two Asian victims reported the incident to police last November, claiming that they were assaulted and robbed by the defendant.
The victims testified that while they were standing at a Dubai shop’s parking spot, the defendant approached them and suddenly slapped them both and claimed to be an undercover police officer.
The shocked victims did not hesitate to comply with the defendant’s orders as he asked one of the victims to show his ID.
Once the victim took out his wallet for the ID, the defendant grabbed it and immediately starting running away. This is when the victims realised they were fooled by a thief who wasn’t a police officer.
They both filed a police report and the defendant was identified and apprehended within a record time.
Dubai courts prosecuted the defendant on robbery charges and referred him to criminal court to receive maximum punishment for his crime.
The defendant attempted to rob an Asian woman under duress by threatening her with a knife but had to leave her and run away as she sought help from passersby.
The five-member gang, comprising four men and a woman, all Asians, had entered the country on visit visas.
The incident dates back to last October when an Arab woman of Gulf nationality filed a police report against her maid for robbing large amounts of money and jewellery from her house.
During investigations, the victim testified that she had noticed the disappearance of her jewellery and cash amounts over a long period of time and had suspected the maids at her house to have committed the robbery.
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