The National Police have arrested a 45-year-old man as the alleged perpetrator of at least four robberies with violence, one of them attempted, in the Los Dolores neighbourhood of Cartagena (Murcia), according to sources from the Corps in a statement.
The assailant, a Spanish national, approached his victims when they were operating the cash machine or when they had just left it, thus ensuring that they were carrying money.
He approached them and showed them a long, thin-bladed knife, which he even pressed on occasion against the abdomen of one of the victims.
Three of his victims are women, one aged 80 and another aged 32, who was accompanied by her two daughters aged 3 and 7. The third, aged about 60, panicked and started screaming, causing the robber to leave the scene. All of them had to receive medical assistance for anxiety.
The fourth victim was a 65-year-old man, who tried to stand up to the robber and managed to snatch the knife from him, suffering as a result a cut on his hand and a strong kick in the hip by the assailant, who managed to throw him to the ground and snatch his wallet.
The investigations carried out by the Asset Crimes Group of the Cartagena Police Station led to the identification and arrest of the alleged perpetrator, who had already been arrested on another occasion.
After being placed at the disposal of the Examining Magistrate’s Court, he was remanded in custody.