Tourist foils mugger with taekwondo

ROME, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Police in Rome say an attempted mugger thanked officers for rescuing him from his alleged victims -- a group of South Korean tourists skilled in taekwondo.

Authorities said the 48-year-old Italian man, whose name was not released, grabbed a handbag from one of the tourists Sunday at the ancient Roman Theater of Marcellus and brandished a knife, the Italian news agency ANSA reported Monday.


However, one South Korean disarmed the attacker using taekwondo techniques and used the martial art to keep the suspect from escaping until police arrived.

"Thank you, I was being massacred," police quoted the attacker as saying during his arrest.

Officers said the man seemed "almost grateful" to be taken to jail.

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