Elderly targeted in Erongo robberies

28 May 2021 | Crime

ELLANIE SMIT

WINDHOEK

The Erongo police say elderly people have recently become targets of robberies and attacks, especially in Swakopmund.

This follows the arrest of a suspect on Wednesday who last week robbed and assaulted an 82-year-old woman at her home in the coastal town.

Inspector Ileni Shapumba of the Erongo police said it is beyond comprehension that there are robbers who would attack, harm, kill and rob an old person.

According to him, the incident occurred last Thursday at about 17:15 at the Am Strand Apartments.

It is alleged that the suspect entered Herma Emmeriah’s yard where she was watering her lawn. He apparently grabbed her and dragged her inside the house and strangled her with a piece of clothing.

The suspect robbed her of five gold rings, a gold necklace and a mobile phone to the total value of N$33 500. The woman was found in a stable condition.

Shapumba said some of the stolen items have been recovered.

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