A KOREAN woman is recuperating in a hospital following an assault by one of two motorcycle-riding robbers in the North Reclamation Area in barangay Subangdaku, Mandaue City, last Sunday evening.
Hong Joo Yeon, a 22-year-old student, who has the English name “Chloe,” was bludgeoned in the head with a handgun by one of the robbers.
Police said the student was waiting for a ride near a mall at the North Reclamation Area when two motorcycle-riding robbers stopped near her. The backrider got out and tried to grab her bag but Hong resisted.
She was struck in the head with the gun, causing her to fall down on the pavement.
Two Filipinos and three Korean students who saw the holdup helped the young woman get up. She was brought to the Mandaue District Hospital and was later transferred to a private hospital in Cebu City.
The holduppers fled with her brown bag containing P500 cash, a cell phone, a book and one Korean credit card.
SPO2 Marcos Noval of the Investigation and Detection Management Branch (IDMB) in Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO) said Hong described one of the robbers as chubby, with short hair and clad in a green T-shirt.
The backrider was thin with long hair.
The robbers weren’t wearing any crash helmet.
Noval said they found it difficult to talk to the Korean victim because she couldn’t speak English fluently.
The victim had been in Cebu for the past two months and is enrolled in Cebu Doctors’ University. Reporter Jucell Marie P. Cuyos