British tourist mugged by Colombian women in Medellin
A gang of women cornered and brutally mugged a British tourist in front of a busy street in the heart of a Colombian city. The dramatic mugging was caught on CCTV on Friday, June 2 – a time of the week that has increasingly been reported as a particularly dangerous day for tourists being robbed in Medellin.
Three women can be seen identifying the target, who obliviously walked past them.
They then trail him, before two of them finally confront him on a street corner near Berrio Park.
At first, they seem to only be speaking to him, with local media claiming they were asking him to give them money.
But the pair then launch a frenzied attack on the British tourist, grabbing at his clothes and his bag.
Then another woman comes to join in, bashing him over the head and tugging at his backpack incessantly and eventually knocking him to the ground.
Onlookers watched on, some appearing shocked, but according to the video did not attempt to intervene.
After running from the scene, the man eventually came across two police officers and explained the situation to them.
Police were quickly called to the scene and were able to arrest two of the women. The whereabouts of the third is not known.
The National Police reported that the three foreigners are already in the hands of the Prosecutor’s Office and that stricter security controls will be carried out in Berrío Park to prevent this kind of crime in one of the busiest areas of the capital of Antioquia.
Local media also report that after the women were caught, they handed over the man’s belongings.
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Major Adrián Chacón, inspection officer of the Metropolitan Police of Valle de Aburrá, said: “There have been important results in the theft of mobile phones, especially in the Berrío Park sector, where thanks to the reaction of the operators of the monitoring channel, it was possible to see three Venezuelan nationals stealing a mobile phone from a citizen.”
It comes around 48 hours after two more foreign travellers were also mugged, this time in broad daylight, in Medellin.
The man and the woman, whose names have not been released but are understood to be Polish, were trekking through the Cerro El Volador, a ridge in Medellin on Wednesday, when they were surprised by two men who grabbed them from behind.
Later, in a video, one of the victims said one of these people hit him with a knife in the head, causing a strong contusion that triggered intense pain in the area.
After this incident, the mayor of Medellín, Daniel Quintero, made a statement on his Twitter account, in which he shared an image of one of the criminals.
“I have asked General Acevedo for maximum attention to find this thief. The mayor’s office is offering a reward of up to 10 million pesos for information leading to his immediate capture and prosecution,” he said.
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