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Elderly Couple Held Hostage in their Home

Two men, who broke into a house in the Arnarnes neighborhood of Gardarbaer outside Reykjavík on Saturday evening, holding the owners, an elderly couple, hostage while stealing their belongings, were sentenced to custody until May 19 in Reykjavík District Court yesterday.

The photo is unrelated to the story. By Páll Stefánsson.

The men have confessed. Three women have also been arrested in relation to this case and one of them has confessed to having participated in it, mbl.is reports. The women have now been released.

The house’s owners, physician Jón Hannesson and his wife Ásgerdur Helgadóttir, said they were pleased that justice had been served and that police had reacted so swiftly, Fréttabladid reports.

According to Morgunbladid, the perpetrators threatened they couple with knives, saying they would kill them if they didn’t cooperate. They removed rings from Helgadóttir’s fingers, stole a mobile phone, a wallet containing ISK 60,000 (USD 461, EUR 349) in cash, a video recorder and a laptop computer.

One of the robbers hit Helgadóttir in the head but she told Fréttabladid that she is recovering. “We are all right considering the circumstances.”

“We hope that we never have to go through anything like this again,” her husband commented to mbl.is.

According to the Fréttabladid’s sources, one of the three women who were arrested may have been the couple’s grandchild. The women are believed to have waited in a car outside while the two men robbed the house.

Helgadóttir said it is difficult to think that her own grandchild may have been an accomplice to the robbery.

Fridrik Smári Björgvinson, senior officer at the police’s investigative department, said the case is almost closed; there are only a few loose ends left to tie up.

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