SANTIAGO – Well known Football coach Manuel Pellegrini was mugged at gunpoint while walking with his wife in Chile’s capital city, Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday.
The police said the both were unharmed, but the armed robbers escaped with a purse belonging to Pelligrini’s wife. The mugging incident on Saturday made headlines in local papers.
The Chilean and his wife were walking in town at around 11 pm local time when two armed men stopped them and demanded their belongings.
‘’Pelligrini’s wife screamed for help and nearby police officers ran to their aid, causing the muggers to fire towards the officers,’’ Vitacura’s police captain Gonzalo Munoz said.
No one was hurt, but the men threw nails on the street before fleeing in a stolen vehicle that was later found abandoned in a populous neighbourhood.
Pellegrini, who is the coach of English football club West Ham United, is vacationing at home in Chile. – BERNAMA