The Ho Chi Minh City police are looking for the suspect in a street robbery this week in which a German tourist was held up.
The District 2 police said they have received a complaint from the tourist, identified only as Adomat, 20, and his companions, another German, 21, and a 26-year-old from the Netherlands, news website Zing reported.
They said they were traveling to Mui Ne Tuesday when Adomat’s motorbikes broke down in HCMC’s District 2.
The alleged robber rode over and helped push the motorbike for a while.
But when they reached a deserted area, he stopped and introduced himself as a police officer, and asked to see the tourists’ bags.
He told Adomat to go with him to a nearby police station for a drugs check.
After traveling around 100 meters, however, he told the German to get off and leave his bag, threatening to pull out a gun. Adomat said he was scared and followed his order. His bag had a tablet, two cameras and VND2.5 million ($110) in cash.
Vietnam’s tourism market has seen a strong recovery this year, with a 20 percent increase in foreign arrivals in the first five months, thanks largely to its visa waiver for various nationals, including German.
But the lack of security remains a big challenge to the industry.
A Moroccan man was stabbed last Friday evening while fighting off two men who had snatched his wife’s purse in Ho Chi Minh City. He is recovering in hospital.