The Metropolitan Command of Lisbon of the PSP, through the Division of Criminal Investigation, on December 12, 2018, at 00h05, in the parish of Santa Maria Maior, in Lisbon, arrested one man, a foreigner, aged 32 years, suspected of committing the crime of Theft, Computer Crime, Illegal Immigration, Document Falsification and False Declarations.

A variety of crimes against tourists of Asian origin, most of them women, were carried out a man who chose victims mainly unaccompanied tourists, essentially in the Baixa of Lisbon.

He approached and spoke to them and subsequently through the induction of alcohol and other substances, and whilst they were under the influence the culprit was able to access the victim’s credit cards.

After several investigations, it was possible to arrest him whilst caught in the act after withdrawals with a credit card from one of the victims, with whom he attended nightlife establishments. After theft of the credit card, taking advantage of the fact that the victim was under the influence of alcohol, he made withdrawals of 4750 Euros of the account of the victim.

After a house search was conducted, the following items were seized: 10 doses of  Cocaine; 5465 Euros in cash: 13 victim credit cards; Photographic Machines; 1 jacket and a shoulder bag, clothing that usually used in the illicit.

The suspect, who resisted his detention, possessed a document of a foreign citizen. Through various steps, more specifically in coordination with the SEF, it is concluded that the document was counterfeit raising doubts as to his true identity.

The criminal activity of the suspect in Portugal extends over the last two months where he amassed about 30,000 Euros, in at least 8 identical situations.

Information was surfaced that he has already served a prison sentence in Spain where he carried out the same activity criminal. There are also reports of sexual abuse of victims, facts that only the investigation can confirm. In the course of the Domiciliary Search, it was possible to identify a 26-year-old woman who was involved in one of the eight situations mentioned, the latter being the defendant providing IRR under the aforementioned records.

He has appeared for the 1st Judicial Interrogation with an application to be remanded in custody.



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