Manuel Pellegrini and his wife mugged by armed robbers in Chile

Tanya Simon
June 5, 2018

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has praised the response of Chilean police after he and his wife were held up by armed robbers in his homeland.

The Chilean, 64, was traveling with the group to a restaurant on Saturday when the incident happened.

The pair were said to have been targeted while walking to a restaurant in Vitacura - a suburb of Santiago.

A police helicopter was mobilised in the hunt for the criminals, whose auto was eventually found in a suburb of Santiago called Conchali.

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Ms Pucci was getting out of the vehicle before she "screamed" when one of the robbers stole her purse, according to Chilean news channel T13.

His wife's screams attracted the attention of nearby police officers, who were then shot at by the fleeing muggers, the local police captain said. I'm also thankful for the help of the people. "Hopefully more facilities will be granted to Carabineros to solve the crime as soon as possible", Pellegrini tweeted.

The owner of the stolen Porsche told local media on Sunday: 'I can't understand how these sorts of things are happening and you can't even go out for dinner without being robbed like this.

His last Premier League position was at Manchester City, where he won a Premier League title and two League Cups between 2013 and 2016 before being replaced by Pep Guardiola.

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