The U.S. warns its citizens on rising assaults at major Dom Rep airport - The United States warned its citizens traveling to Dominican Republic on increasing robberies of visitors entering the country through Las Americas Airport.


On its Website the State Department says criminals impersonating police arrest travelers along several roads after leaving the airport, where they are assaulted at gunpoint in their vehicles and their valuables stolen. "In some cases, travelers who stay in private homes rather than hotels are followed to where they’ll stay and robbed as they enter the premises."

The State Department also notes that "while no U.S. citizens have been killed during these robberies, the U.S. Embassy has received reports of several injuries."

It adds that such incidents have occurred at night, either in private vehicles or taxis. "It’s unclear how the victims are spotted within the terminal. U.S. citizens arriving at Las Americas Airport should take the necessary precautions, or consider scheduling arrival times during daylight hours."

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Gangs robbed travelers exiting busy airport nabbed, confirms U.S. warning

The Police arrested at least four gangs of thieves who robbed travelers leaving Las Americas Airport (AILA) in the last five months, including one woman in one of them, based in nearby Andrés and Boca Chica.

The report comes just hours after the U.S. State Department warned American citizens on traveling to the country, noting the high number of highway robberies of travelers after leaving the country’s busiest airport.

El Nacional reports that Police busted the gangs totaling 22 people, with only four still behind bars.

The latest group arrested in May, four men and one woman, assaulted several travelers from the U.S., including the couple Francisco Lantigua and Kenya Suriel, who lost US$10,400, items valued at RD$100,000, among other belongings brought after his return.

The police seized an unspecified amount of cash and items and charged Luis Miguel Sanchez, Jovanny Gala Lizardo, Rafael Recio Arcadio, Manuel Perez and Victoria Silfa. The men are still being held without bail while Silfa posted bond.

 It was reported that the four men a court imposed coercive measures three months, while the woman was sentenced to a fine, barred from leaving the country and regular reporting to the judge.

The U.S. Embassy had also issued travel advisories, which prompted top AILA official Carlos Cota Lama to affirm that members of the military and civilians are the gangs’ accomplices.

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