Ho Chi Minh City police said Monday they have arrested a man who allegedly tried to snatch a cell phone from a Japanese tourist in District 1, Nguoi Lao Dong (Laborer) newspaper reported.
Phan Tan Dung, 24, of District 5 was riding a motorbike on Ton Duc Thang Street near Bach Dang Wharf last Saturday afternoonwhen he saw Takari Shigesawa taking photos on the street with an iPhone 5S.
He sped towards the Japanese tourist and grabbed the phone from his hands.
Shigesawa shouted for help. Senior Lieutenant Nguyen Quoc Hung of the city traffic police, who was patrolling, heard him and chased after Dung.
Two other traffic police officers, Truong Quang Thanh and Tran Van Hong, who were at the scene, also joined in the chase.
They caught Dung shortly afterwards and returned the phone to Shigesawa.