Two Held Over Audacious Armed Mugging

CENPublished: March 28, 2018
Published: March 28, 2018

Two men have been arrested for violently mugging a 56-year-old woman in front of her elderly relative and scores of onlookers.

Incredible CCTV footage shows the audacious street attack carried out in broad daylight.

In the video released by local authorities in the town of Envigado in the northern Colombian department of Antioquia, a young man wearing a red baseball cap is seen sprinting across a road towards his target.

He confronts two women walking on the pavement. One of them is the 56-year-old victim, holding the arm of an elderly relative.

The mugger grabs the woman’s bag and tries to snatch it out of her hands.

The victim is pulled to the ground and dragged several metres as the thief wrestles the bag from her possession.

He successfully prises the bag from the woman’s grasp and runs towards a waiting accomplice. Several residents are seen rushing forward to help the two ladies.

Thanks to emergency calls made by eyewitnesses, police promptly caught the two thieves and the bag was returned to its owner.

According to reports, the men ran away with five million COP (1,280 GBP) that was inside the bag.

One passer-by told local media: "We all ran over to help, but the man pulled out a gun so we held back. We knew that the police were on their way."

Local authorities released a statement saying: "The court hearing has just finished and the two criminals arrested yesterday will be placed in pre-trial detention for aggravated robbery and theft."

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