That, of course, does not mean that Budapest is not safe for travellers or tourists. But it happened that two weeks ago, two young Hungarians tried to get into apartments left open, during which they attacked a foreign woman in the heart of the Hungarian capital. Below you can read the details.
According to 24.hu, two young Hungarian citizens tried to steal from apartments rented by foreign individuals in Budapest. The residents made them leave, but they tried to return violently. The Budapest police department told the media outlet that the crime happened two weeks ago. First, a tenant managed to drive the young robbers away and locked his door. The muggers tried to push it back, but they were not successful.
However, the apartment next door was also left open, so they went inside.
A foreign woman living there was shocked but managed to drive the robbers away. But the muggers were more persistent and went inside again after pushing back the door.
They shouted “Money, money!” and the terrified woman left her apartment. The perpetrators collected her laptop, tablet and cell phone worth 1 million HUF (EUR 2,500). The woman went after them and managed to get back her computer, but the younger boy slapped her. She asked helped from the neighbours, who immediately warned the police of Ferencváros (Budapest 9th district). The officers caught the perpetrators not far from the crime scene.
Ferenc T. (23) and his 15-year-old “partner” were interrogated for robbery and theft. They are currently in pre-trial detention.
That is, unfortunately, not the first time that underage people stole or tried to steal from foreigners. In 2018, a 12-year-old and a 14-year-old girl stole from a foreign citizen in Budapest fast food restaurant. Interestingly, they used violence to steal the foreigner’s cell phone. First, the 14-year-old girl stepped near an Italian citizen and asked about the time in English. The victim showed the time on her watch. But the perpetrator told her she wanted to see the time on her phone. The moment she showed it, they tried to tear it from her. Since they were unsuccessful,
the 14-year-old girl pushed the victim to a column and started strangling her.
Finally, they could get the cell phone – index.hu reported.
Some friends of the victim ran after the thieves and retrieved the phone. The public prosecutor of Budapest asked for a prison sentence.
Here is a video about what happened:
Source: 24.hu, index.hu