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article imageTaiwanese tourists down Spanish mugger with martial arts

By Anne Sewell     Apr 24, 2014 in Crime
Ronda - It was like something out of an action movie. A mugger tried to steal a woman's cellphone in the town of Ronda in the Málaga province of southern Spain this week. His attempts were foiled by two Taiwanese tourists, using a martial arts submission hold.
The woman was taking a photograph of the 18th century "Puente Nuevo" (or new bridge), one of the major attractions in Ronda, when a 35-year-old man pushed her in the back. While she was disorientated, he then tried to steal her phone, and the woman found herself struggling with the assailant.
However, her cries were heard by the two Taiwanese men, part of a tour group visiting the mountaintop town. One of the men immediately grabbed the mugger, immobilizing him with a martial arts submission hold, while his partner in the arts helped to restrain the man until the local police arrived shortly afterwards.
Reportedly the incident caused a great deal of commotion in the normally peaceful area, which is popular with tourists. The attempted mugger, a local resident, was charged with the crime of robbery with violence.
Ronda is an attractive town, perched on a mountaintop with magnificent views. The town boasts many Roman and Moorish bridges, walls and other constructions, some still in excellent condition. Located around 103 kilometers from Málaga, it is a very worthwhile city to visit, despite the rather daunting and winding access road.
Spanish Sources:
La Razon
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