Five arrests over brutal attack on taxi driver and assault of passenger

OPERATION: Guardia Civil tracked down and cuffed the five suspects following an eight-month investigation CREDIT: Guardia Civil Almeria

GUARDIA CIVIL have made five arrests for a brutal attack on a Nijar taxi driver, two of the detainees also facing charges for sexually assaulting a female passenger.
The detentions follow an eight-month investigation to track down those responsible for the violent incident last December, ending with ‘Operation Autotax.’
The Guardia’s initial reconstruction of events established that the attackers had followed a ‘pirate’ taxi to a district of Nijar. There they set upon the driver, leaving him with significant injuries, before stealing his vehicle.
Before the woman who had been travelling in the taxi could get to her home, two of the individuals threatened her with a knife and sexually assaulted her, then made off.
According to the Guardia the aggressors went to some lengths to avoid being found by law enforcement. A Guardia press statement said they all moved away from Almeria Province and “adopted major security measures.”
Ultimately surveillance and monitoring produced results and they were all located and cuffed.

Author badge placeholder
Written by

Cathy Elelman

Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.

Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.

Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.

Share your story with us by emailing, by calling +34 951 38 61 61 or by messaging our Facebook page