The shocked tourist was then left lying in the road, as the teenagers also recorded the aftermath of the robbery on their mobile phones, before running away from the scene. The unnamed victim was helped by a passer-by who immediately called an ambulance that took him to hospital. He was treated for a collapsed lung and he also needed several stitches in his back. After receiving a complaint from the British victim, the National Police ploughed through all the security video footage in the area. Investigations identified the three alleged assailants, two of whom had been stopped at a routine check earlier in the evening. They backed up the video sightings by also launching a surveillance operation before they raided two addresses in San Vicente de Raspeig.
Officers discovered the clothes that they were wearing on the night of the attack, as well as the knife that was used to stab the tourist. The teenage trio, aged 16 and 17, were then arrested and charged on a count of robbery with violence and injury. They were also hit with a charge of committing a crime against moral integrity because they videoed their actions on their phones. The matter is being handled by Alicante Juvenile Court, with the youths being held on an interim basis at a detention centre. No details of when the assault actually took place have been revealed by authorities.