A young man who answered a knock on the door of his family’s home in Stange, Hedmark County at 3am on Thursday was confronted with a masked man aiming a rifle at him. The masked man was accompanied by a woman and together they stole what they could find of value in the house and then fled in the family car.
“We never thought this could happen to us,” Mailin Hoel, the 18-year-daughter in the family, told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). “We don’t why they came to us. It’s terrible that something like this can happen in Stange.”
Hoel, her boyfriend, her mother and two siblings were all sleeping in the modest one-story house in Stange when her brother opened the door. She said the robbers threatened both her brother and her mother, who was sleeping on the sofa in the family’s living room.
“They tore the blanket off her and asked where the valuables were,” said Hoel’s boyfriend, Tor Kristian Berget Standerholen. The robbers took wallets, a computer, mobile telephones and the car keys. Then the family heard their car driving away.
Police arrested one suspect at around 7:30am, after what they called “observant persons” who had heard about the robbery on the radio spotted the family car in Stange’s town center. NRK reported that after a short car chase, the police apprehended a man in his 20s. By noontime, based on information from the man, they had a woman in custody as well, both suspected of carrying out the robbery.