The home of the EH family in Deken De Winterstraat in Berchem was again the target of an attack on Wednesday evening. Shots were fired at the house and the perpetrators also left a message. An attack was also committed in Rumst on Tuesday.
The facts of Wednesday evening in the Deken De Winterstraat in Berchem took place around 8.30 pm. “A suspect delivered a message to a house in the street, after which the house was also shot at,” said public prosecutor Kristof Aerts. “Luckily no one was there.”
The perpetrators fled to the Netherlands after the facts, but were arrested there after a chase. An alert passerby had seen the suspect and his vehicle. Thanks to a collaboration with Communication and Information Centers Antwerp (CICANT), the Dutch police were alerted. They were able to pull the vehicle over and the two occupants, aged 19 and 20, were arrested.’ The public prosecutor’s office in Antwerp will request their surrender. It was the umpteenth incident in the Deken De Winterstraat, in September 2019 a hand grenade exploded near the house, in July this year heavy fireworks were detonated against the house and in August a car was set on fire and was ‘snitch’. written on the facade. The pancake house of the EH family, in the Volksstraat in Antwerp, has also been targeted several times.
Earlier this week, a house was also targeted in the Vissersstraat in Rumst. Unknowns also wrote a message on the door of an apartment building and smashed the windows on the first floor with stones. These destructions are also linked to the environment of international cocaine smuggling. ‘For both offenses, the specialized investigating judge was requested. The Antwerp Federal Judicial Police will conduct further investigations’, says Aerts.