Bank manager, wife held hostage in robbery
2 September 2005, BRUSSELS — A bank manager and his wife were held hostage for a short period in Mont-sur-Marchienne, near Charleroi, on Thursday night.
2 September 2005
BRUSSELS — A bank manager and his wife were held hostage for a short period in Mont-sur-Marchienne, near Charleroi, on Thursday night.
The kidnappers eventually fled with the contents of the bank safe and the two victims were united later in the evening after they were freed safely.
At about 6.30pm, the woman went to the garage of their house and came face-to-face with three masked and armed men, newspaper 'Het Laatste Nieuws' reported on Friday.
The robbers escorted the woman back to the house, where her husband was. The man is the manager of the AXA bank in Mont-sur-Marchienne.
One of the robbers stayed at the house to guard the man, while the others forced the woman to accompany them to the bank.
The culprits forced the woman to reveal the contents of the vault and then let her free with a warning not to alert police because her husband was still in the hands of the third accomplice.
The woman eventually alerted police at about 9.15pm. The man raised the alarm at 10pm when his kidnappers left the house.
In the meantime, the robbers had fled in the couple's two cars, a Mitsubishi Pajero and a Mercedes.
Roadblocks were set up in the Charleroi region, but no arrests were made. The amount stolen from the bank safe is unknown.
Three similar robberies have occurred in recent months. All three were targeted against bank managers of banks in the region and also involved kidnappings.
None of the three robberies has been solved.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Belgian news