Po­lice knew of heist hostage

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

Po­lice were aware that the rob­bers who held up two banks in Vel­vento, north­ern Greece, last month had taken a hostage as they tried to es­cape, sources told Kathimerini yes­ter­day.

The den­tist, who was forced from his SUV at gun­point, had been speak­ing on his cell phone to a friend when he was threat­ened. His friend called the po­lice to in­form them about the kid­nap­ping. The vic­tim was dragged into a blue van with three of the four sus­pects, who were stopped in Kozani.

Up to four more rob­bers made off in the den­tist’s car, which has not been found. Po­lice said the den­tist was also ar­rested ini­tially but re­leased at the precinct. Sources close to the den­tist de­nied claims that he was as­saulted by of­fi­cers upon ar­rest.

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