Mugging spree ends with 27-year-old’s arrest

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

A 27-year-old man was arrested shortly after mugging three people at knife-point in St Julians last night, the police have reported.

One of his victims sustained hand injuries in the process, and the Ta’ Xbiex resident is also suspected to have carried out another mugging in his hometown last Wednesday.

The first report last night arrived at 10pm, when a 46-year-old man from Pembroke and a 40-year-old woman from Valletta entered the St Julians police station to report that they had been accosted by a knife-wielding man who made off with some cash. The incident happened in Dragonara Road, and both were uninjured.

The police immediately launched investigations into the case, but a similar report was filed at the police station at 11.45pm. This time, a 29-year-old man from Mġarr said that he had been attacked by a knife-wielding man asking for money in Spinola Road. He had sustained hand injuries, and was thus taken to a health centre for treatment.

The descriptions offered by the victims of the two muggings matched, and district police, with the assistance of officers from the Rapid Intervention Unit and the Major Crimes Unit, began their searches.

But at around 12:30am, another report came in at the station from a 44-year-old Marsascala resident. The man reported that he had just been mugged from a knife-wielding assailant, sustaining no injuries in the process.

Ultimately, however, the mugger was foiled by security footage, which led police to positively identify him and to arrest him in short order.