The Ho Chi Minh City police arrested a bag snatcher Thursday night after shooting him in the leg during a chase along several streets in District 1.
Tran Hao Nhan, 37, allegedly snatched the handbag of American tourist Bridget Natalie Bailey, 28, when she was walking on Le Lai street with her boyfriend.
Two criminal police officers, who were patrolling the area, immediately chased after Nhan’s motorbike.
They fired warning shots in the air, but Nhan refused to stop, almost hitting other motorbikes several times.
One of the officers, Dao Tien Toan, finally ended the chase by shooting Nhan in the leg.
The handbag, which had a credit card, some cash and a smartphone, was returned to the victim immediately afterwards.
A HCMC police officer returns the handbag that was stolen on the street from American tourist Bridget Natalie Bailey Thursday night.