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Long weekend marred with Armed Robberies

Long weekend marred with Armed Robberies

Staff Reporter

THIEVES took the long Easter weekend as an opportune time to carry out dubious acts with tourists and nationals being robbed at gunpoint and some seriously injured throughout the weekend.

According to the Namibian crime report, on Thursday, 18 April 2019, at about 01h00 at a residence in Erosweg Street, Klein Windhoek, four males with balaclavas allegedly cut the electricity fence of the residence of an Angolan Embassy official with unknown object and gained entry into the yard.

It is alleged that the security alarm was not activated.

The suspects then held the two security guards on duty at gunpoint and tied them up.

The suspects broke open the burglar bars and cut the padlock with a bold cutter they had. The resident occupant, a 65-years-old Angolan man, woke up and was assaulted and tied up whilst his children (ages 20 and 22) were locked in the toilet unharmed.

The suspects managed to remove two flat screen televisions & their remote controls, a laptop, four cell phones, unspecified amount of money and clothes.

The suspects thereafter fled the scene.

The home owner sustained an injury and was referred to hospital. One cell phone and a remote control were recovered in the Riverbed. No arrests or recovery have been made yet.

Police investigation continues.

In another incident at Okatope on Thursday at around 12h45 at NamPost, Onyaanya, it is alleged that four male suspects armed with pistols and a machete entered the post office building and assaulted the security guard with a machete and gun-pointed the teller, forcing her to open the door.

The suspects managed to take money in the amount of N$42 000, which was kept in a box, and thereafter fled in the direction of Ondangwa in a blue Polo with an unknown registration.

The Security officer from Namibia Protection Services sustained injuries and has been admitted at Onandjokwe Lutheran Hospital. She is reportedly in a stable condition. No arrest nor any recovery have yet been made.

Two male Cuban nationals are said to have also been battered by robbers on Friday, 19 April, at about 17h30 behind Nampower, Northern Industrial Area.

The two men, who are employed as Aqua Culture Experts in the Ministry of Fishery and Marine Resources, were attacked by three unknown male persons.

The two victims were in a white GRN Toyota Hilux Pick-up, belonging to the Ministry of Fisheries & Marine Resources. The victims (ages 52 and 38) were apparently eating in the vehicle at the time of the attack.

Both victims were attacked with knives and one of them was seriously injured and treated at Katutura State Hospital. No arrests have been made and police investigations continue.

In another incident on the same day at about 21h30 at Windhoek Garden Boutique located at 31 Pasteur Street, Windhoek West, a male and a female tourist were attacked by four suspects while they were returning from Country Club to their hotel.

While waiting for the gate to open, the victims were attacked by 4 suspects who smashed the windows of the vehicle and took a handbag containing N$500 and two cellphones. The victims, both aged 31, are tourists from United Kingdom. It is alleged that the suspects fled in a silver Polo car with an unidentified number plate. No arrest has been made yet. A wallet containing credit cards was, however, recovered after it was found thrown on the ground. Police investigations continue.

In another case, three Egyptian nationals were robbed of N$50 000 and several household items on 19 April at about 20h00 when six male suspects entered their house through an unlocked door.

Three of the suspects were armed with firearms while the other three were armed with machetes. The suspects manage to get away with a TV, a laptop, 6 cellphones and N$50 000 in cash.

Two of the victims were injured and treated at the hospital.

Similarly, two suspects were arrested at the scene while one was arrested at the hospital after they too were attacked and injured by the victims. Police investigations continue.

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