Gran Canaria is known for its extremely low crime rates, with violent crime almost non-existent; which makes reports this morning of a home invasion all the more shocking.
Hooded, masked individuals assaulted a villa in San Fernando, in the south of Gran Canaria, on Monday morning in broad daylight, with the tenants inside. The incident occurred on Avenida Alejandro del Castillo, when at least two men forced their way into a house attacking the two women inside, a mother and her 19 year-old daughter, who they beat and tied up with insulating tape. The violent event has shocked residents of this usually tranquil suburban area.
The thieves ransacked the house though it is not yet known what was taken. Both women had to be hospitalised because of the injuries they received. Agents from the National Police forensic division have been inspecting the scene to look for evidence and a serious investigation has been opened on the matter.
The mother, who has been discharged, was called to testify at the main Police Nacional station in Maspalomas on Tuesday morning. Local residents have told reporters that the two women are “good people” implying that they can think of no specific reason why they might have been targeted.
Policia Nacional were conducting traffic controls and road blocks yesterday afternoon in the local area
Source: La Provincia
This is an extremely worrying development in one of the quietest residential neighbourhoods on the south of the island, only a couple of km from the main tourist resorts. Understandably the police are treating the incident with the utmost seriousness, with a wide net being spread in the man hunt to find the individuals responsible.
One local British resident has told The Canary that he “was out working and came back lunchtime on Monday to find part of the street cordoned off and police everywhere and a large crowd watching on.” Prior to our report he says he had not been told it was a “home invasion” telling us that they “have had loads of press coming to ask if we saw or know anything, but we didn’t”