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Robbers attack Chinese builders

Robbers attack Chinese builders

Niël Terblanché

THE Namibian Police has launched a manhunt for three dangerous and well known armed robbers that was part of a gang that robbed a group of Chinese builders in Walvis Bay during the early hours of Wednesday morning.
According to the incident report provided by Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu, the Erongo Regional Crime Investigations Coordinator, a group of seven men armed with pangas and knives jumped over the boundary wall of XYZ Investments in the new Industrial Area of Walvis Bay under the cover of darkness.
According to the report the gang of robbers then gained entrance to a flat by forcing open a window where five Chinese men and one Namibian woman were sleeping. The victims were all woken up and severely assaulted.

Pictured: The apartment building in which the five Chinese nationals and their Namibian lady friend were sleeping when they were overpowered by seven armed robbers in Walvis Bay on Wednesday. – Photo: Contributed

The robbers attacked their victims with their fists and struck them with the pangas while they were demanding that all the cash in the house should be handed over to them.
“In the end the victims surrendered ten mobile phones valued at N$40 000, one laptop computer, three Chinese passports, cash in the amount of N$30 000 and US$800 and two driving licenses.”
Deputy Commissioner Iikuyu said the robbers were in no hurry when they left the scene of the crime and took their time walking to two getaway cars which were parked outside the premises before driving off.
A lightning quick follow up operation by the Serious Crime Investigations Sub-division saw the arrest of four of the men suspected to part of the robbery gang later during Wednesday, while two taxis used as the getaway vehicles were impounded. Two men managed to escape arrest by running away from the arresting officers and a third suspect was identified by those already in custody.
The arresting officers recovered US$200 and N$1 770 of the stolen money, the two driving licenses, one of the mobile phones and two cash boxes not related to the robbery at XYZ Investments.
According to Deputy Commissioner Iikuyu the three outstanding suspects are well known and the search to trace them has intensified.
He said the six victims were quite badly assaulted and were all taken to Walvis Bay State Hospital for medical treatment.