Two suspected armed robbers beaten up in Otjiwarongo

08 Apr 2014 16:40pm
OTJIWARONGO, 08 APR (NAMPA) – Two men were beaten and tied up by watchmen at a bar in Otjiwarongo after they attempted to rob the place on Sunday evening.
The bar is situated in the DRC informal settlement of the town, and belongs to the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC)’s Otjiwarongo Regional Manager Tobias Kandanga.
The suspects are aged 32 and 42.
The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Police Public Relations Officer, Sergeant Maureen Mbeha told Nampa in an interview on Tuesday that the attempted armed robbery occurred when the bar was about to close between 22h00 and 23h00 on Sunday.
“The two suspects are now facing charges of attempted armed robbery and possession of a firearm with ammunition,” she said.
The suspects entered the bar from a rear door.
Mbeha explained that inside the bar were two guards waiting for the bar to close, and one of robbers pointed a pistol in one of the guard’s faces, demanding money.
The other guard then jumped onto the suspect with the firearm, and pushed the pistol away, pointing it to the ceiling.
“The suspect and the watchman then wrestled for the pistol and it went off twice, shooting into the ceiling,” Mbeha explained.
At that point, the watchman who was first held at gunpoint, started beating up the second suspect who was only armed with a knife.
“The two armed robbers were overpowered,” noted Mbeha, adding that the suspects’ hands and legs were then tied up with ropes, waiting for the arrival of the police.
The two suspects sustained head injuries, and were taken to the Otjiwarongo State Hospital for medical treatment.
They are expected to appear in the Otjiwarongo Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.
Police investigations continue.