A young man who grabbed a mobile telephone from a tourist in the William Peter Boulevard Tuesday, was pursued by public spirited citizens and eventually arrested by police, eyewitnesses say.
The incident occurred about 10.00 a.m. according to reports.
According to one eyewitness, the phone snatcher after grabbing the mobile device from a female tourist, ran into the alley between the Scotia Bank and the building housing the Credit Union League.
The eyewitness, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the suspect was pursued by citizens who kept shouting in Creole ‘Thief! Thief!’ and ‘Hold him!.’
The eyewitness told St Lucia Times that the suspect was eventually apprehended near the Castries Market by City Police Officers who were on patrol in the capital with the assistance of a Special Police Constable in uniform.
The officers took him into custody, it was reported.
The eyewitness said the young man who was held appeared to be in his twenties.
He said the female tourist from whom the mobile device was snatched was in the company of a male tourist at the time of the incident.
Castries Mayor, Peterson Francis, said he saw the victim after the robbery and spoke with her.
“I apologised to her for the discourteous behaviour of our citizens,” Francis disclosed.
The Mayor stated that the telephone that was grabbed was retrieved.
He said he is very happy that the victim was not trumatised and understood that the incident was not one unique to Saint Lucia.
“She was very cooperative,” Francis explained.
He noted that it was the first arrest made by the City Police since the passage of a controversial bill in parliament that gives islandwide powers of arrest to the City Police.
“The bill has started working already,” Francis said to laughter from reporters who were interviewing him in the aftermath of the phone snatching incident.