Ondangwa robbers still at large
04 June 2020 | Crime
The Oshana police have so far recovered over N$92 000 of the N$200 000 stolen from a woman in front the Ondangwa FNB branch last Friday, but two suspects are still at large.
On Friday four suspects drove away with N$200 000 after one of them held a female employee of the Ondangwa Private Hospital at a gunpoint, minutes after she had withdrawn N$400 000 from Bank Windhoek. Two of the suspects were arrested later the same day after a crash.
Oshana police regional crime investigations coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Hilja Haipumbu, said: “The two suspects we have arrested sustained injuries and we are suspecting that those two at large may also have sustained injuries. We are calling on members of the public to notify us if they hear about people in their community or family who were in accident but have not gone to hospitals.
“We are also monitoring hospitals and clinics to see if we can get them.”
The robbers held up a female employee of Ondangwa Private Hospital who had just withdrawn N$400 000 from Bank Windhoek and was to deposit it at FNB. Police said while the woman was entering FNB carrying a plastic bag containing the money, a man pointed a gun at her. She tried to throw the bag to the security guard, but it was intercepted by the robber. The man ran to a white VW Polo sedan that was standing nearby, but the woman, who was chasing the robber, managed to grab the bag.
The bag tore and N$200 000 fell out, while the suspects got away with the other N$200 000.
At Omaalala, a suspect lost control of the getaway car and it overturned.
Police have so far arrested a 23-year-old man from Ondeihaluka village in Ohangwena, who sustained injuries to his head and back during the accident, and a 31-year-old man from Okapya village near Ondangwa, who was arrested not far from the scene and was found in possession of N$61 000. Another N$14 600 was recovered from a boy who had picked it in a mahangu field.