STRONG SCENES: Man dies after being attacked by ‘chain gang’ in SP; WATCH VIDEO

STRONG SCENES: Man dies after being attacked by ‘chain gang’ in SP; WATCH VIDEO
STRONG SCENES: Man dies after being attacked by ‘chain gang’ in SP; WATCH VIDEO
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Security camera footage recorded the terrible moment in which two Dutch men were surrounded and violently attacked by the so-called “chain gang” during an attempted robbery in the region of Rua 25 de Março, in the center of São Paulo. The incident occurred on January 13, resulting in the death of 58-year-old Dutchman Hessel Hoekstra two weeks later from severe head trauma.

The videos show the criminals, known for targeting their victims’ chains, attacking foreigners who reacted to the attempted robbery in Ladeira da Constitution. Authorities are analyzing the images to identify and arrest the attackers.

At the time of the attack, at least five criminals surrounded the Dutch, and three suspects have already been identified by the investigation. Hessel’s friend, who survived the attack, traveled back to the Netherlands and will be interviewed via video conference by Brazilian police.

The case is being treated as a robbery, as it involves attempted robbery followed by death. Police are seeking the arrest of the suspects following photographic recognition by the surviving Dutchman.

The Dutch Consulate in São Paulo confirmed the death of Hessel Hoekstra and provided consular assistance to the family. The government of the state of São Paulo expressed its commitment to carrying out actions to curb crime in the 25 de Março region and guarantee the safety of the population.

The Public Security Secretariat has already identified three of the attackers and is collaborating with other powers to ensure that they are held legally accountable. The Nove de Julho Hospital, where Hessel was admitted, mourned his death and expressed solidarity with his family and friends.

The case highlights the need for effective measures to combat urban violence and protect both residents and visitors in São Paulo’s busy commercial region.

With information from g1.


The article is in Portuguese

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