Deidre Tautua – Fanene
Three young men are in police custody for the alleged assault of a Chinese businessman at Lotopa last week Saturday.
A statement by the Ministry of Police on Monday evening confirmed the arrests.
The suspects are now in police custody awaiting court appearances next month on the 1st of October.
They have been charged with assault and theft of more than $20,000 cash.
According to the statement, the police indicated that the three suspects stole a backpack from the Chinese businessman’s vehicle.
“At the time of the assault the suspects were under the influence of alcohol,” reads the statement.
“One of the suspects distracted the victim while the other forcefully took the bag containing $23,000.
“The victim was punched in the face when he tried to chase after the offenders.”
The police were contacted on the same day and they conducted their investigation on the same day.
“One of the three suspects was arrested early Sunday morning and was charged accordingly while the other two suspects were charged and arrested on Monday morning,” stated the statement.
The Ministry of Police have recovered $21,545 together with stolen items such as boxes of chicken beers from the three suspects and the items have been returned to the victim.”
In other reports the Ministry of Police also issued a notice to members of the community to stop sharing photos of the newborn baby girl that was found at Mulifanua wharf earlier this month.
This is also the first time the Ministry has issued an official statement in connection to the matter.
“Samoa Police Service also request members of the public to stop sharing pictures online relating to this matter,” reads the statement.
“Sharing these pictures pose a risk to the mental well-being of other members of the public including young children who may access your social media platforms.”
The police are also urging members of the community who may have any information that may lead to the identification of the mother of the new born baby to come forward.
“Witness statements were obtained, however no information is yet to lead or confirm the mother of this baby girl,” stated the stamen.
“We urge members of the public who may have any information that may assist police in finding the birth mother of this baby girl to please contact any police station near you.”