Illegal Migrants Arrested After Brutal Robbery of Elderly Italian Woman

Tunisian would-be immigrants wait before boarding a train at Rome's Termini station to Ventimiglia, the Italian border town with France on April 21, 2011. Dozens out of the thousands who have fled from Tunisia to Italy by boat in recent weeks in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution in January …

Two illegal migrants were arrested over the weekend in Rome after they were caught by police beating and attempting to rob a woman in her 60s in the vicinity of Termini train station.

The Egyptian migrants approached the woman, who was walking with another woman on the Via Giolitti road, on Sunday afternoon on the south-west side of the train station which serves as the largest in the city, Il Giornale reports.

When one of the women noticed the migrants were attempting to steal her wallet from within her purse, she let out a scream which initially startled the robbers. Immediately after the scream, one of the migrants grabbed the woman and violently threw her to the ground giving her serious injuries, according to police.

Officers in the area also heard the scream and proceeded to block the two migrants, aged 20 and 21, from escaping.  Investigators say that as a result of the attack the victim had her upper arm broken and she was taken to a hospital where she is believed to scheduled for surgery in the following few days.

Termini train station has become a hub of migrant and Roma Gypsy crime over the last several years, with robberies and drug dealing common in the area and police officers also being attacked, as was the case last month when an officer was forced to discharge his weapon after being surrounded by a gang of Roma following an attempted robbery.

Other areas of Rome have also become synonymous with illegal drugs, like the San Lorenzo area where Italian teen Desirée Mariottini was found dead.

Soon after the discovery of the 16-year-old’s body, three migrants were arrested and it was alleged that they had sexually abused the young girl for hours and had purposely given her a large amount of drugs to kill her.

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