Puerto Rican tourist mugged in Naples dies

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Posted: May 27, 2011 4:53 PM
Puerto Rican tourist mugged in Naples dies

A Naples hospital says a Puerto Rican tourist who was knocked to the ground by muggers trying to grab his Rolex has died, nine days after he was hospitalized with severe head injuries.

Police said 66-year-old Oscar Antonio Mendoza was pushed to the ground by two muggers aboard a scooter after he resisted their attempt to grab his watch shortly after he arrived in Naples aboard a cruise ship on May 18.

Dr. Maurizo Postiglione, head of intensive care at Loreto Mare hospital, told the AP by telephone that Mendoza never regained consciousness after suffering multiple cerebral contusions and despite brain surgery.

Mendoza was strolling with his wife near Naples port when he was attacked.