BEIRUT: The return of taxicab muggings topped police reports Friday, as 61 people were arrested for various crimes across the country.
Syrian national Adib Shaghaleh was mugged in a taxi overnight in Cite Sportive, on his way from Corniche al-Mazraa.
Shaghaleh told police that when he arrived at Cite Sportive, the driver took a side road while the passenger beside him threatened him with a knife and robbed him of LL550,000 and $600 before pushing him out of the car.
Shaghaleh gave police a description of the driver and his car, and a manhunt was launched for him and his partner.
Also, the Internal Security Forces circulated the photo of a Syrian man detained for allegedly carrying out ATM card fraud in Beirut and its suburbs. The man, 40, is suspected of stealing personal information and forging ATM cards, with which he made large withdrawals at bank branches in Zarif, Ashrafieh, Beshara Khoury, Raouche, Hazmieh and Elissar. Victims of the fraud were asked to contact the police.
In Beirut, the body of Mohammad Ibrahim was found near the Ouzai highway behind Al-Saha restaurant. The circumstances surrounding his death were unclear, as forensics tests were underway to determine cause of death.
In the Bekaa Valley village of Aana, the home of Assem Rifai was robbed of $4,000 and personal documents.
In Ramlet al-Baida, fugitive B.H. was arrested for theft, drug use and threatening people.
In the same neighborhood, Kh. Sh. was arrested for alleged involvement in a hit-and-run accident.
In Manara, J. Kh. was arrested for possessing an unlicensed weapon.