A Vietnamese man attacked an American with a bike tire in the central city of Da Nang after the foreigner supposedly assaulted a local woman and refused to pay taxi fares on Sunday.
According to police in Thanh Khe District where the assaults occurred, 68-year-old American national Dennis Masshall G., who is temporarily residing at Ham Nghi Street in Thac Gian Ward, took a taxi from Tien Sa transport firm at some 6 p.m. on July 27.
When the taxi driver stopped at a red light at the intersection of Ham Nghi – Ly Thai To Streets, Dennis attacked the driver and ran away. The cabbie said the foreigner had refused to pay the fares before running.
Dennis later assaulted a 40-year-old local passer-by on the run, causing her to be hospitalized, the police said.
As seen in a widely circulated Youtube video, getting angry with the foreigner’s rudeness, a local man wrapped a bike tire around his neck and dragged him away. As result of the attack, Dennis fell and hit his head on the front part of a car nearby.
Witnesses said the foreigner looked drunk when the incident happened. Local police were even verbally abused when they came to the scene.
Many people commented that it is rude to evade taxi fares but it is also an ill-mannered behavior to attack an elderly man.
Further investigations are underway.