British millionaire shot in Argentina attacked armed robber because he thought the gun was FAKE
Multimillionaire businessman Matthew Gibbard and his stepson Stefan Zone tackled the armed robber who shot them because they thought his weapon was a fake.
The minibus driver who dropped them into a £ 350 per night hotel in Buenos Aires revealed that they were fighting the attacker after nothing happened when he first pulled the trigger.
Enrique Piacampo, 40, also revealed how the wheelchair-bound mother of Gibbard and his other son embraced each other after shooting their loved ones.
In a conversation with the Argentinian TV station Telefe, he revealed how he sought cover behind the rear doors of the vehicle and saw how the & # 39; first shot did not come out & & # 39 ;.
Minibus driver Enrique Piacampo, 40, in the photo, revealed how nothing happened after the attacker first pulled the trigger outside of Matthew Gibbard, 50, and his stepson Stefan Zone & # 39; s hotel in Buenos Aires causing them & # 39; 39; with the shooter
He said: & # 39; The passenger, thinking the gun had no bullets, continued to struggle with the criminals. I was trapped between helping or staying where I was.
& # 39; I have a family. I tried to take cover, I just wanted it to be over soon, I just wanted it to be an armed robbery. It was a very difficult moment, I was shocked. & # 39;
Piacampo told how violence flared up after he said the words & # 39; maleta & # 39; and & # 39; reloj & # 39; had heard – Spanish for & # 39; suitcase & # 39; and & # 39; watch & # 39; – but thought it was a hotel employee who came to help.
He said: “When we arrived at the hotel, I opened the side door so that they could go out and then went to the back of the minibus to take out the luggage.
& # 39; I first wanted to take out Mr Gibbard's mother's wheelchair. I opened the two doors and grabbed the suitcase over a chair and the doorman took it from me and entered the hotel.
& # 39; Then I heard the words & # 39; case & # 39; and & # 39; & # 39; but thought it was another hotel employee who came to help with the luggage. It was the thief. & # 39;
Armed robbery: CCTV footage from Buenos Aires on Saturday shows that the attackers are struggling with their targets in a street robbery where Mr. Gibbard was killed
Piacampo said to the TV station: & I didn't get to see the attacker because he came from behind and I couldn't see in front of me.
& # 39; I realized it was an armed robbery when I saw him pointing a gun at one of the tourists. & # 39;
Piacampo revealed how Mr. Gibbard's confused mother and the other son embraced each other in his vehicle after the horror attack had taken place for them: I didn't know at that time how to hug them or what to say to them because I had a knot in my throat.
Stefan Zone (photo), 28, was shot in the leg in the attack that killed his stepfather
& # 39; I never wanted the situation to end like this. It took 40 seconds, but it seemed much longer. & # 39;
Mr. Gibbard, 50, died in the hospital after a bullet hit him in his armpit and reached his chest. His stepson, 28, was shot in the leg but survived after an emergency operation. It is said that he is out of danger.
The suspected murderer, a 21-year-old Venezuelan named Angel Eduardo Lozano Azuaje aka Cachete, was detained by the police in a long-distance bus in the Salta province, more than 1,500 kilometers north of Buenos Aires.
Detectives said he was trying to flee to Bolivia when he was arrested.
Two other Venezuelan police say they are members of a violent gang that targeted rich tourists like Mr. Gibbard, including the brother of the alleged murderer.
These certificates brought the total number to eight after Saturday's attack.
Officials said the British-focused gang was led by the Venezuelans, but received logistical support from Argentines who provided them with the engines and cars they used to carry out their armed robberies.
Suspect: Angel Eduardo Lozano Azuajem, who is accused of killing the British millionaire Gibbard during the armed robbery, was arrested when he tried to flee the country on Monday evening
The assassin of the gray Corsa Mr Gibbard that was filmed when he came out was seized along with a motorcycle that is thought to have followed the British from Ezeiza International Airport to the Faena Arts Hotel in the upscale neighborhood of Puerto Madero where the attack took place.
Diego Santilli, vice-president of the Buenos Aires city council, said Tuesday during a press conference: & Sixty hours after the horrific murder of a British tourist in Puerto Madero, we were able to solve this murder committed by a criminal gang who & # 39; highlighted & # 39; people from abroad at Ezeiza International Airport and then followed them and robbed them outside their homes or hotels.
& # 39; The city police have succeeded in resolving these killers in record time and transferring them to the courts.
& # 39; The investigating magistrate and the prosecutor acted very quickly and facilitated the 18 searches to obtain the information needed to ensure that these criminals did not flee the country. & # 39;
Raid: a bus stopped by the police more than 1,000 miles north of Buenos Aires where they arrested three passengers on Monday, including the suspected murderer
Mr. Gibbard, who collected Ferrari's and flew a helicopter, could have chosen his expensive watch and were followed from Ezeiza Airport by a & # 39; big gang & # 39 ;.
The millionaire had a holiday and retired house company called Tingdene, had traveled to Argentina for a Christmas holiday with his mother and wife, as well as Mr. Zone and his stepson's wife and brother.
He is thought to have arranged the vacation with a British travel company who then hired a local company for the airport transfer between Ezeiza, a 40-minute drive from downtown Buenos Aires and their hotel.
He lived with his wife Suzanne, 52, in a country house in the village of Lowick near Kettering, Northampton.
On Monday evening, police arrested the alleged murderer and two other people after stopping a long-distance bus in the province of Salta, more than 1500 kilometers from Buenos Aires where the armed robbery took place.
The 21-year-old Venezuelan, locally named Angel Eduardo Lozano Azuaje, was supposed to be on his way to Bolivia.
Arrested: two more people detained by officers, but their names have not yet been released
The information about the suspected place of residence of the suspect is supposed to have come from his girlfriend during an interrogation by the police.
The operation to arrest the suspect had been given the green light by investigating investigating judge Yamile Bernan.
The identity of the other two people arrested last night has not yet been disclosed, but both are Venezuelans.
A further four men were already in custody, including three Argentines accused of delivering cars and motorcycles to the alleged gang.
The Venezuelan owner of a red Ford Fiesta who served as a support vehicle during the Saturday attack was also arrested.
A friend told me last night The times that Mr. Gibbard, who was shot down by the armpit on Saturday, is a & # 39; very nice gentleman & # 39; wash that & # 39; gentle and very relaxed & # 39; used to be.
& # 39; He was a gasoline head and a great collector of super cars & # 39; s. He had at least half a dozen Ferrari's. He also flew with his own helicopter, which he kept at his home & # 39 ;, said the friend, Tom Hartley.
Aftermath: the two British holidaymakers were shot by armed robbers outside a five-star hotel in Argentina
Marcelo d & Alessandro, Security Minister for the City of Buenos Aires, said camera images had helped the police identify vehicles involved in the shooting and the escape routes taken.
He said: “We were able to find out where they went and this resulted in 18 search commands, 12 in the province of Buenos Aires and another six in the city itself.
& # 39; Several cars & motorcycles have been seized, including a vehicle involved in the incident itself, and forensic experts are now investigating it for evidence.
& # 39; Four people who were part of this gang were arrested. It's a big mess. The detainees include the man who provided the gang with logistics, with the vehicles used in this type of crime.
& # 39; It is not the first crime the gang committed. & # 39;
He added that the gang would look for people who arrive at the airport with expensive watches before they follow and rob them.
Gabriel Berard, police chief of Buenos Aires, said: “They detect the arrival of tourists who could become potential victims, and focus on flights that reach Argentina from the United States and Europe and then follow people who interest them.
The man who is supposed to be Mr. Gibbard (black t-shirt, blue jeans on the left) struggles with the attackers before shots are fired outside the Faena Art Hotel on Saturday morning
& # 39; They had some sort of placard, they would pretend to be working for Uber.
Ze They have vehicles waiting outside the airport and chasing them. Logistics is an important part of that. & # 39;
The gang made sure they were using vehicles that the authorities had not identified as having been used in previous crimes, including recently sold cars and motorcycles, he said.
He added: & # 39; We analyze the vehicles that have been seized and continue until we can completely destroy this gang. & # 39;
Diego Santilli, vice-president of the Buenos Aires city administration, told a press conference that everything was done to ensure that those responsible felt the full weight of the law and received the maximum punishment.
He said: & Loss of life is something that cannot be recovered, it is irreversible. But if there is an area where we can work, it is to ensure that there is justice.
& # 39; Justice is something we must take care of. & # 39;
Images of the double shooting led to detectives who identified two support cars – a red Ford Fiesta and a gray Chevrolet Corsa Classic – who had probably worked with armed robbers on motorcycles known locally as motochorros.
The man who shot Mr. Gibbard (50) and his stepson (28) is supposed to get out of the gray car and shoot at the pair after a brief fight between the British and a man on the motorcycle behind the Ford Fiesta fled.
Alberto Crescenti, the head of the emergency medical assistance system SAME from Alberta, confirmed the alarm on Saturday at 11.04 am after the shooting in a chic port area known as Puerto Madero.
He added: & # 39; When paramedics reached the area, they discovered a man who was shot with a bullet that went through his right armpit and hit him in the chest. & # 39;
Speaking before Mr. Gibbard died after he reached Argerich Hospital in the city for emergency surgery, he added: & # 39; he was taken to Argerich Hospital with very serious injuries and a significant blood loss. & # 39;
His stepson was hit in the leg near his groin.
Argentinian President Alberto Fernandez has described the murder as & # 39; horrible & # 39; and urged the police & # 39; inflexible & # 39; to be in tracing the perpetrators.
The hotel said in a statement: “We express our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims. We will work together in everything needed for the classification of such a painful act. & # 39;
Another British tourist was robbed in Buenos Aires last week by the same Venezuelan-led gang that had been targeted 24 hours later by Matthew Gibbard, a millionaire company boss.
The criminals are said to have used an identical modus operandi to rob the 43-year-old after he and his wife and two daughters had flown into the Argentine capital and taken a taxi to the upscale Palermo neighborhood.
One of his suspected robbers, locally named as 29-year-old Venezuelan Miguel Angel Aguirre, was arrested after bystanders intervened to stop the attack.
An accomplice managed to flee a motorcycle with an expensive Rolex watch from the tourist, reported Argentinian media.
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