Police in the popular coastal town of Kragerø were seeking tips from the public on Monday after a local woman was robbed by two armed men in her own home on Sunday evening and then taken hostage. That set off a car chase and what police called some “dramatic” arrests, in which one of the men was bitten by a police dog.
The drama began around 6pm Sunday when the woman managed to call a neighbour and report being taken hostage. The neighbour called police, who responded with several patrol cars that met the car of the fleeing robbers and their hostage.
Police finally managed to stop the car near the entrance to the E18 highway north of Kragerø and rescue the woman, who reportedly was not physically injured. Police witnessed the men throwing items believed to be weapons out of their car, a black Mitsubishi Outlander, during the chase.
It remained unclear whether there was any relation between the two robbers, both from the Grenland area, and the woman. Neither the identities nor the ages of those involved were released, but police reported on Monday that one of the men has been convicted at least 10 times since the end of the 1990s, on assault, theft and narcotics charges.