Arriving Tourists Robbed Leaving Airport

Tuesday, September 12 2006 @ 10:04 am EDT

Contributed by: Don Winner

Last night at about 7:30 pm three tourists (one each from Spain, Italy, and Venezuela) were robbed at gunpoint after having arrived in Panama. They rented a car at the airport and were driving towards their hotel in the center of town when they were hit by another small sedan in a side-to-side collision under the overpass just after the entrance to Via Lucre near the old Roosevelt monument. Thinking they had been in a simple accident the tourists stopped the car and four theives exited the other vehicle and took control of the victims at gunpoint. They stole their luggage, cash, and personal belongings and left the area in two other vehicles that came in and picked them up. The tourists were unharmed in the incident. Police are investigating. (Editor's Comment: This kind of thing happens periodically. The airport is a public area and it's easy for theives to have a spotter at the airport to identifiy easy pickings and to relay information to accompliances who are waiting outside of the airport security perimiter. In any case if you are involved in a traffic accident in Panama anywhere and you don't feel completely safe, take off and find a cop. If it turns out you were just being paranoid, just explain yourself. Better safe than sorry.)

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