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Armed robber turns out to be victim's own son

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Armed robber turns out to be victim's own son
Photo: Paul Gillingwater
12:20 CET+01:00
Police in Vienna have arrested an 18-year-old man who together with a friend robbed his own mother during an armed burglary in January.

The 18-year-old and his 23-year-old friend were masked and armed with what appeared to be pistols when they rang the doorbell of the woman's apartment at around 1.30pm on January 12th in the Donaustadt district.

When the 35-year-old woman opened the door they pushed their way into the apartment, ignoring her screams. The woman grabbed the younger man and tried to push him out of the door and they both fell to the ground during the struggle. Meanwhile the 23-year-old man snatched an inexpensive decorative sword from off the wall, and then both of the men fled.

Police spokesman Patrick Maierhofer said that the woman had suspicions that her son was involved and this was confirmed during the investigation. The 18-year-old was arrested eight days later and the 23-year-old was arrested on February 2nd.

“Both men have a guilty conscience and confessed to everything immediately,” Maierhofer said. The men said they planned to steal money from the woman's apartment. It's not clear if they had real guns or replicas, as the weapons have not yet been found. The older man couldn't explain why he had grabbed the sword, and told police that he was drunk at the time.

Both men are now in police custody.

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