Seventeen-year-old Viktor Már Leifsson managed to escape a burglar, who he caught inside his home in Hafnarfjördur, a neighboring town of Reykjavík, yesterday afternoon and called the police. Two men have been arrested in relation to this case.
Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
“Some people would probably have frozen and not been able to do anything but Viktor showed that he knows how to react correctly in a dangerous situation. I’m very proud of him and he’s a hero to me,” the boy’s mother, Steinunn Anna Gunnlaugsdóttir, told Fréttabladid, adding that her son is recovering from the shock.
Leifsson was home alone, asleep in his room, when he heard some noise coming from inside the house. He walked out of the room and saw a man placing a laptop computer and other items in a bag.
Leifsson said the man had been agitated and clearly under the influence of drugs so he tried to calm the thief by talking to him. But instead he attacked the boy, punched and kicked him and yelled at him to stay put while he finished what he was doing.
When Leifsson got the chance he made a run for it. The burglar ran after him but when he was about to catch the boy, he slammed the door on his fingers and managed to exit the house and call police from a neighbor’s house.
The thief escaped with a laptop, but he and his accomplice were arrested shortly afterwards. The duo is suspected of having participated in at least five other recent cases of breaking-and-entering in the neighborhood.
One of them was involved in a burglary in Seltjarnarnes last week during which an elderly man was assaulted and tied up. According to RÚV, the man had just been released from custody because of that case.
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