Two young men attacked a 74-year-old man in his home in Seltjarnarnes in Iceland’s capital region yesterday, tied him up and robbed his house. The robbers were arrested yesterday evening. They have both confessed and will undergo questioning today.
Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
According to police, the men were both born in 1989 and have a criminal history. They had used the loot to repay a drug debt and it is uncertain whether the stolen objects can be reclaimed, Morgunbladid reports.
Police are searching for a third man, who is suspected of having been an accomplice to the robbery, having waited in a getaway vehicle. Police say they are aware of his identity and expect to arrest him shortly.
Superintendent Ómar Smári Ármannsson at the Capital Region Police said that the media’s reporting and the public’s participation had resulted in the swift arrest.
However, the victim’s son criticizes the slow reaction from the police after he and his father reported the crime.
His father had called his son around 8:30 am. He came to his father’s house immediately and together they called the police but had to wait for 30 to 40 minutes before the first officers arrived, the son explained.
Two officers arrived shortly after 9 pm but didn’t know why they had been called out or how serious the incident was. Once they realized what had happened, they immediately called for backup.
The victim’s son said he was surprised about the miscommunication since he had called the police station repeatedly to describe in detail what had happened. The police are looking into the matter.
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