Swiss tourists robbed of vehicle at knife-point

10 Jun 2013 05:40
OTJIWARONGO, 10 JUN (NAMPA) ? Two Swiss tourists were allegedly robbed of their vehicle on the D2512 gravel road between Waterberg and Rietfontein in the Otjozondjupa Region on Friday.
According to the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)?s Otjozondjupa Regional Crime Investigations? Co-ordinator, Deputy Commissioner Moses Khairabeb, the incident occurred at around 15h30.
He said the couple had been driving a Toyota pick-up from the direction of the Waterberg Plateau Game Park, heading to Rietfontein.
A 35-year-old man dressed in civilian clothes who pretended to be a police officer on foot patrol in the area allegedly ordered them to stop.
?The suspect demanded that they get out of the vehicle so that he could search it,? the top cop explained.
The man then pulled out a knife, which he pointed at the male tourist (Hans Joerg Somier), cutting his arm in the process. He afterwards sped off with the vehicle and all the couple?s belongings which were loaded onto the vehicle, leaving the couple stranded.
Khairabeb said the police were immediately alerted of the theft, and roadblocks were set up on the main roads at Okakarara, Rietfontein and Grootfontein.
?Shortly after 16h00 on Friday, one suspect was arrested at Grootfontein in connection with the matter,? he said, adding that the vehicle and all the tourists? belongings were luckily recovered.
The pick-up was handed back to the tourists on the same day.
The suspect is expected to appear in the Otjiwarongo Magistrate?s Court this week.