By Cathy Elelman • 09 November 2019 • 13:00
VIOLENT: Police said the assailant threatened both victims with a large knife and left them with minor injuries.
CREDIT: Policia Nacional Almeria
A young Moroccan immigrant is in trouble with the police, who have charged him with two violent attempted muggings of women in El Ejido.
The 17-year old, who is in Spain without an accompanying adult, is suspected of two attacks within minutes of each other, leaving both victims with minor injuries.
Police reported one of the woman had been walking home at about 10pm at night after shopping when she was surprised by a young assailant brandishing a knife with a 19-centimetre long blade.
He demanded she hand over cash and her mobile phone. When she refused he started to punch and kick her while grabbing on to her hair. Her screams for help scared him into letting her go and he ran off.
A police patrol was on the scene almost immediately and caught up with and detained the suspect, although after he put up some resistance. He threatened the officers with the knife.
Once back at El Ejido police station, officers made the connection between the youngster and a very similar mugging just minutes earlier.
A woman reported she had been surprised by a youth with a knife who tried to get her to give him the cash and valuables she had on her. She put up a resistance and the attacker cut her on the forearm and punched her on the nose.
The 17-year old had been living in the province under the care of the Junta de Andalucia’s Protection Service for Minors.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
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