During the late afternoon of September 1, in an eastern residential section of Tijuana, a woman was assaulted on her way home from work while walking down an alley. The suspect, a dark-skinned Latino male in his 30s wearing a white tank top and a black ball cap, came from behind the woman and attempted to snatch her purse. When the woman refused to let go, the suspect reportedly punched the woman in the arm, leaving a black bruise the size of an avocado.
Still refusing to let go of her purse, the woman began to scream the name of her husband and yelled at the assailant, warning that they lived nearby. With that, the suspect quickly fled, running westbound down a side street. Subsequent searches by the woman’s husband and her son-in-law were not successful in locating the man.
"I'm always so careful," the victim said in Spanish. "Normally I'm very aware of who is around me or even behind me, but he seemed to come from out of nowhere."
Such assaults with the intent to rob have been on the rise recently in suburban Tijuana, as local police have been involved in other matters, such as helping to fight the often-violent attempts to control turf used by smugglers of drugs and humans across the border.
Four weeks ago in the same location, a man successfully robbed a woman of her purse and cell phone as she walked toward the main boulevard to catch a bus to work. The woman was not harmed. The police were not called and no report was filed in either case.