By Staff writer
Illegal Filipino expat armed with knife and replica gun; was dressed head to toe in an abaya to disguise herself, police say
A woman, disguised head-to-foot in an abaya, attempted to rob a money exchange centre in Abu Dhabi after threatening employees with what turned out to be a fake plastic gun, police have revealed.
Abu Dhabi Police said the suspect also had a sharp knife in her possession, and intended to use it in the event her threats with the replica gun were unsuccessful.
Police said in a statement carried by news agency WAM that teams were dispatched to the money exchange last Thursday and handled the situation "promptly and with the utmost efficiency".
The statement added that by the time they arrived at the scene, an altercation between the employees of the exchange centre and the suspect had already occurred but no one had been injured.
"The police team took all the necessary precautionary measures while apprehending the woman and prevented her from fleeing. The suspect was then frisked by female police officers and the items in her possession were confiscated," the statement said.
Rashid Mohammad Borshid, head of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at Abu Dhabi Police, said: "Preliminary investigations revealed that the arrested woman, identified only as ALR, is a Filipino national and an illegal resident in the UAE.
"She was wearing black gloves and wore a black full-face veil with a white scarf on the head. She held a black cloth in her hand, of which she use in an effort to conceal the fake gun that she had threatened the exchange centre employees with, to avoid leaving any prints, and to avoid being recognised or caught on CCTV.
"The woman threatened the employees at gun point and asked them to give her the money."
He said during the interrogation, the woman confessed that she had planned the robbery to settle her outstanding debt, which amounts to approximately AED140,000.