Dutch tourist assaulted by robbers in Nha Trang

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A Dutch tourist was mercilessly beaten up by a group of robbers on a Nha Trang street when he tried to stop them from robbing a foreign woman early Wednesday morning.

At around 4 a.m. Ruben Engelhardt, 22, was walking on Tran Phu Street when he saw five young men grabbing a camera from a French tourist known only as Charlotte.

He rushed up to them and seized the camera.

They turned on him and began to assault him until he passed out.

Charlotte had to give them all the money she had as well as the camera.

Before leaving, they also took away Engelhardt's money and papers.

Charlotte took him to a local hospital where doctors said five of his teeth and the lower jaw were broken and his forehead and left hand were bruised. He needed seven stitches in his mouth.

Engelhardt recovered later that day, but was still finding it difficult to open his mouth.

Police in Loc Tho Ward told Thanh Nien Wednesday that they had not received any complaint about the case.

But Phap Luat TP HCMC (HCMC Law) newspaper quoted a receptionist at Engelhardt's hotel as saying that when a hotel employee had called the Loc Tho police station to report at around 11 a.m. Wednesday, an officer hung up after saying the injured tourist had to come in person to complain.

Online website Dan Viet quoted an unnamed owner of a hotel on Nguyen Thien Thuat Street in Nha Trang as saying four tourists staying in the hotel had cameras, bags, and mobile phones robbed between October 16 and 17.

One of them was even beaten up, the owner said.

On October 10 the Russian consulate in Ho Chi Minh City sent a note asking law enforcement agencies in Khanh Hoa Province to quickly investigate and arrest robbers who had recently attacked and robbed Russian tourists and to retrieve the stolen goods, Dan Viet reported.

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