A 46-year-old man, accused of stealing an 82-year-old woman in Swakopmund last week, first appeared before the town’s magistrates’ court on Friday, denied bail and remanded in custody.
Wednesday’s arrest of Timothy Heimbode follows a string of violent robberies of elderly women on the coast over the past month.
In one incident, Irene Lemerre (82), a well-known resident of Swakopmund, was killed in her home late last month. She was allegedly strangled to death. The suspect(s) took the jewellery, among other things.
Prior to this murder, three elderly women (in their eighties) were robbed in Swakopmund, and two more in Walvis Bay and Henties Bay in two separate incidents. The most recent incident involved Herma Emeria (82) in Swakopmund – making it seven robberies in the last month.
Eleni Chabumba, Erongo Police’s regional commander for community affairs, told The Namibian that Haimbodi had no connection to the murder (or the events in Walvis Bay and Henties Bay) and police were still investigating the murder “with confidence”.
“We hope to obtain evidence that will help us apprehend the perpetrators,” he said.
In Emmeriah’s case, Haimbodi allegedly entered the yard where she was watering the lawn in her Swakopmund apartment. He then grabbed her and dragged her to her house where he allegedly then tried to strangle her with a piece of clothing, but she survived. The suspect stole five gold rings, a gold necklace and a Samsung Galaxy cellphone from Emmeriah – all worth approximately NZ $ 33,500.
The Namibian learned from the sources that CCTV footage spotted the suspect fleeing the scene, which helped the police in the investigation and arrest of Hambodi.
He allegedly escaped in a taxi to Mondesa where he sold some jewels.
Chabumba said five gold rings were found and returned to the owner.