Elderly man chokes to death in his dentures after robber punches him in the face
Elderly man chokes to death in his dentures after robber punches him in the face during street robbery in Colombia
- A retiree has died after swallowing his dentures during a robbery
- The highly unusual incident has been linked to the blow suffered by the OAP after being struck in the face outside a library in the Colombian city of Medellin
- The robber wanted the 71-year-old’s phone he just bought
A retiree has died after swallowing his dentures during a robbery.
The bizarre incident has been linked to a blow to the OAP after being struck in the face outside a library in the Colombian city of Medellin.
After beating him, the robber demanded a phone that 71-year-old Gabriel de Jesus Pulgarin Bolivar had just bought.
According to local reports, the retiree was seen raising his hands to his throat as he sat on a couch before being given a glass of water to drink from a Good Samaritan who saw that he was in trouble.
Incidents of a person swallowing their dentures are very rare and have been linked to injuries, knocks, falls and food
The police were alerted and the victim was able to explain what had happened before his condition deteriorated.
He was rushed to a nearby health center known as Doce de Octubre – October 12 in English – but the medics there were unable to save his life.
Police Chief Jose Galindo confirmed to the local press that a suspect had been taken into custody for the attack around 9 a.m. local time on Tuesday.
The results of an autopsy have yet to be made public, but the OAP is believed to have died after his false teeth blocked his airway.
Incidents of someone swallowing their dentures are said to be very rare. Swallowing false teeth has been linked to injuries, knocks, falls and food.
RCN Radio, one of the main radio networks in Colombia, was one of the national media outlets reporting the death.
The bizarre incident took place in the city of Medellín, Colombia, capital of the Antioquia department and the only city in Colombia with a metro system.
It read: “An elderly man suffocated to death after swallowing his dentures from the shock of being robbed in front of his phone on one of the streets of the Oct. 12 neighborhood of northwest Medellin.”
Another local newspaper said the robber had loosened the OAP’s dentures when he punched him in the face.