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Thread: Pepper Spray In the Eyes

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    Two tourists, big, strong men in late 20s or early 30s, were attacked on the street last night near the Sosua park. The attackers were on a motorcycle and were trying to get the money, etc, of the tourists. When the men tried to defend themselves, one of the attackers sprayed the eyes of one of the tourists 2 times with pepper spray, then grabbed the chain around his neck and riding away with the broken chain.

    This is the first time I have heard of a robbery attempt on the street when pepper spray was used on the victims. Have others heard of similar reports?

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    firstly where did you hear about it

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    From the men and from someone who helped them by putting cold water on the eyes of the man in distress

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    no never heard of it before but it was bound to happen as the stuff is easy to get hold of, it can blow back onto the sprayers if the wind is in the wrong direction though, so they may only try it a few times

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrhartley View Post
    no never heard of it before but it was bound to happen as the stuff is easy to get hold of, it can blow back onto the sprayers if the wind is in the wrong direction though, so they may only try it a few times
    That it is. I have seen it sold over the counter in several stores. Hopefully the wind will favor the victims next time.

    What worries me is that the men are sure to tell friends, who will use the same tactic.

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    Tragic development in Sosua.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rattus_Rattus View Post
    Tragic development in Sosua.....
    And folks wonder why tourism is down?

    Does anyone think all these stories DON'T get back to travel agents who counsel consumers?

    Other than the earthquake the #1 question we get asked lately from folks inquiring about our tours is violent crime. And we explain we do NOT spend any time in the PoP/Sosua/Cabarete area.

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    where is the sosua park by the way....you mean near the casino ? its the only thing that may resemble a park

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    Quote Originally Posted by cobraboy View Post
    And we explain we do NOT spend any time in the PoP/Sosua/Cabarete area.
    Not sure why you'd do or say that.

    As far as tourist related crime... I don't think the prevalence would be any higher in Pop/Sosua/Cabarete than elsewhere based on # of visitors. You'll be down to riding your clients around in circles on the tarmac at the airport if you plan to avoid everywhere there's a random incident against a tourist. Heck, why don't you advise them not to come at all? Seems more things are reported stolen as luggage passes through the airports than once one is on the street.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CFA123 View Post
    Not sure why you'd do or say that.

    As far as tourist related crime... I don't think the prevalence would be any higher in Pop/Sosua/Cabarete than elsewhere based on # of visitors. You'll be down to riding your clients around in circles on the tarmac at the airport if you plan to avoid everywhere there's a random incident against a tourist. Heck, why don't you advise them not to come at all? Seems more things are reported stolen as luggage passes through the airports than once one is on the street.
    More visitors go to Punta Cana. Can you find reports of murders, "kidnappings" and violence against tourists there?

    How about in Samana?

    Or Barahona?

    Or Jarabacoa?

    Or Nagua/Cabrera/Rio San Juan?

    Santiago?

    ~One~ incident is isolated. If continued, then a trend develops.

    BTW-I am only reporting what I am asked. Where they get the info, I do not know. But one thing I can tell you for FACT: travel agents are becoming increasingly skeptical of sending folks to the North Coast because of these numerous reports. That creates a problem for ME that I didn't create.
    Last edited by cobraboy; 06-22-2010 at 07:00 PM.

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