Windhoek — The police have arrested one suspect and recovered half of the more than N$42 000 that was stolen during an armed robbery at a retail shop in Khomasdal on Saturday evening.
The police in its daily bulletin of Sunday said N$20 663 was recovered from the money that five suspects stole after holding up at gunpoint the employees of the shop.
An eyewitness to the armed robbery said the suspects pushed back the security guards to gain entry into the shop, which was closing around 19h00 Saturday evening. The eyewitness said the suspects approached the cash register and ordered all people in the shop to lie down, and demanded that the supervisor open the till to give them the money.
Apparently the supervisor had run to the back of the shop.
"The guys (suspects) went to the back and collected shoppers that ran to hide there and brought them to the front," said the eyewitness.
The eyewitness said the suspects demanded from his sister-in-law who was lying down close to the till to tell them where the supervisor was.
"One guy kicked the N$100 from her hand, pushed her to the ground and asked her to close her eyes and tell at the count of three where the supervisor was, or else they would shoot her," he said.
He said one of the security guards revealed where the supervisor was and the suspects demanded the she open the tills for them to access the money.
Resistance on the part of the supervisor, said the witness, was met with brutality from the suspects who are said to have hit her with the butt of a gun and kicked her in the stomach until she yielded.
Due to the trauma she suffered at the hands of the suspected robbers, the eyewitness's sister-in-law could not breathe as she has high blood pressure, while the supervisor's face was swollen. Both of them received treatment.
A man and a woman died after being bumped by a Nissan 1400 along the Grunau B1 road, near the Namibia Defence Force Military Base in Keetmanshoop on Saturday night. The two have been identified as Stephanus Jossop (25) and Robertha Petrina Tiboth (19). The police said the driver of the vehicle lost control of the vehicle, which overturned afterwards, and fled the scene.
The police are investigating the death of a man who committed suicide at Agra Auction pens between Grootfontein and Tsumeb. The police said the 28-year-old man hung himself with a wire from a tree.
On Sunday evening in Brakwater, a man and his girlfriend were robbed at gunpoint of their VW Caddy, two cell phones and N$170 in cash.
The police said the vehicle was later recovered in Okuryangava and the two suspects involved in the robbery were arrested. On farm Otjihavela, the police arrested two suspects who were caught breaking into a house of a 54-year-old. One of the suspects had to be taken to Katutura Hospital after he was shot in the buttocks.