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Four arrested in Higuey; one for robbery of Swiss tourist

The National Police have announced that under the lead of local Colonel Luis Mejia Sanchez, they have arrested four criminals in Higuey, members of a gang that preyed upon people on the streets of the city. They seized one firearm and three Suzuki motorcycles of the type used by the trio that robbed a Swiss couple at gunpoint earlier this week. One of the four, Eramel Guerrero, is accused involvement in the robbery in which the two Swiss tourists were wounded after they stopped their walk to enjoy a beer on the streets of Higuey. The National Police ballistic experts are examining the weapon seized to find out if it is the same one used in the incident.

More police in Zona Colonial to protect tourists

The Colonial Zone had been plagued by a lack of safety for tourists who visit the country each year, but it’s now safer for them, as well as for its residents to walk the streets of this historical area without fear.

Listin.com.do quoted tourists and residents in the Colonial Zone, where two agents are deployed in every corner.

“These days there are many police on the corners and on motorcycles, but one must be careful because thieves can appear on motorbikes and snatch anyone’s purse,” said store owner Bernardo Antonio Enriquez.

For Barcelona, Spain native John Fonclara, in his 20 years visiting the city, the fact that he had been assaulted several times, hasn’t kept him from returning, because “I love this land and its tourist zone.”

The tourist said he comes three or four times each year and tries to remain alert to the criminals.

Ex president Hipolito Mejia revealed Tuesday that because of the country’s lack of security he travels “with machine guns here (in the vehicle) and sometimes I get scared when they aren’t well greased.”  – Mejia said the country’s crime rates are close to those of Mexico. “We are almost reaching the numbers now…..”

Source: Dominican Watchdog

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