The coastal community is reeling in shock following the murder of a well-known businessman in the tourism industry who was shot during an armed robbery at his residence in Walvis Bay early Friday morning.
The deceased 50-year-old Hans Jörg Möller, who was rushed on Friday from Walvis Bay to Swakopmund after he was wounded by a gunshot in the abdomen during the robbery, succumbed to his injuries at t Cottage Hospital in Swakopmund after doctors tried for hours to save his life.
Möller was shot in the stomach while trying to protect his family – his 48-year-old wife Carol-Ann Sowden Möller and their two children, aged six and four years – during the armed robbery that took place at round 00h00 on Friday morning at their residence in Paul Vincent Street.
Deputy Commissioner Kashuupulwa of the Namibian Police in the Erongo Region told New Era that this was indeed one of the worst crimes ever witnessed at the coast.
“It’s a brutal and senseless murder that should not have happened at all. To be attacked in your own home like that… really, I don’t even know what to say. Those children are so young to experience a brutal loss like this,” Kashuupulwa said yesterday.
She confirmed Nampol that two suspects were arrested on Saturday in Windhoek and Oshakati in connection with the murder and robbery. She, however, could not confirm whether the suspects would be transferred to Walvis Bay for their first court appearance.
“We’re following up all possible leads on the rest of the suspects and expect to make an arrest soon,” she said.
Kashuupulwa said five men reportedly broke down the security door at the couple’s home, then overpowered and viciously attacked the wife. “Carol-Ann allegedly heard the noise from outside and went to inspect, only to discover the five men in their house. She shouted for her husband to help, but she was viciously attacked by the men and told to shut up.”
Kashuupulwa said Hans Jörg Möller came into the hallway to assist his wife, who was at the time pleading with the suspects not to hurt her two sleeping children. He was, however, shot by one of the suspects before he could reach his family.
“The armed robbers then demanded money from the couple, who also operate their business from their residence,” she said.
She said the robbers demanded money from Carol-Ann, but after being handed the cashbox demanded more. The intruders also raided the couple’s home for valuables and took cellphones, a laptop and her handbag.
“Carol-Ann was then tied up, while the suspects loaded the goods into their getaway vehicle and left. She, however, managed to untie herself and called the police and ambulance services, who rushed her husband to hospital for medical attention,” police said.
Pictures of the suspected robbers were then released on social networks, which soon resulted in at least two suspects being arrested.