British tourist pepper-sprayed as thieves try to snatch his 10,000 euro Rolex

Puerto Banús. File photograph.
Puerto Banús. File photograph. / JOSELE
  • Police in Puerto Banús have arrested three people, for their alleged involvement in the assault, in which the man was injured and needed medical attention

Police have arrested three young people after a British tourist in Puerto Banús was, allegedly, assaulted with pepper spray in a bungled attempt to steal his 10,000-euro Rolex watch.

A witness to the attack in Marbella alerted Local Police who were quickly on the scene and found the 31-year-old British man in a state of distress and with a great deal of redness on his face and shoulder.

The victim explained that he had been sprayed in the face, by the trio of youths, before they tried to, unsuccessfully, make off with his Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust model, valued at about 10,000-euros.

However, the three fled after the tourist put up a fight and the youths realised that the alarm had been raised.

Descriptions of the alleged attackers, provided the victim and eye-witnesses, allowed the Local Police officers to quickly locate the offenders. The three were arrested and charged with robbery with violence and threats.

The victim was taken to a health centre, by police officers, to be treated for the injuries caused by the pepper spray.