A Filipina helped authorities in the United Arab Emirates catch two robbers posing as police personnel in the Khor Fakkan area, a UAE news site reported Monday.
The Filipina and an Indian woman lodged a complaint at the Khor Fakkan police station and narrated their harrowing experience, Khaleej Times reported.
Police eventually arrested the two – a Pakistani, 28, and a Gulf national, 34 – for allegedly posing as Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officers.
Both suspects were accused of threatening, blackmailing and assaulting people and robbing their money, the report said.
The suspects were seen roaming the area looking for new victims at the time of their arrest.
Investigation showed the two women victims were walking on a street in the area, when the suspects stopped them and asked for their identity cards.
Both men then threatened and assaulted them physically before taking away their money.
Following the incident, police warned the public, especially Asians, not to fall prey to fraudsters who pose as police officers.
The police advised the public to confirm the identity of those who claim to be police officers, adding real police will not ask for money or wallets from people.