The Judiciary Police (PJ) announced Wednesday 18th October the arrest, in collaboration with the PSP, of five suspects of kidnapping and robbing an elderly couple from Viana do Castelo. The culprits were hooded and armed with firearms.

Contacted by the agency Lusa, a source of PJ de Braga said that the case occurred around 03:00 Tuesday at the residence of the couple, and the woman is “bedridden” and her husband “had to receive hospital treatment.”

The same source said that the five members of the “violent group”, aged between 21 and 43 years were detained on Tuesday “during the afternoon / evening”, and are all residents of Viana do Castel. They appeared on 19th October at the judicial authorities for interrogation and are now under detention pending trial.

In a statement, PJ revealed that “the couple were surprised by the group of robbers, who were hooded and armed. They suffered physical attacks and were deprived of their liberty while robbing them of various objects, including gold, some of which had already been recovered.”

Source of the PSP District Command of Viana do Castelo said that the couple, “aged between 70 and 80, reside in Areosa.”