By Andy Charles
Last Updated: 04/06/18 9:03am
West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini has thanked police in Chile for their swift response after he and his wife were reportedly mugged at gunpoint.
The incident occurred in the Santiago suburb of Vitacura on Saturday night when the couple were part of a group heading to a restaurant for a meal.
Pellegrini’s wife, Carola Pucci, is understood to have had her handbag stolen before the robbers were confronted by police, who were then shot upon.
Felicitaciones a @Carabdechile por su rápida y valiente reacción. Agradezco el apoyo de la gente. Ojalá se le otorguen mas facultades a Carabineros para solucionar el tema de la delincuencia lo antes posible.
— Manuel Pellegrini R. (@Ing_Pellegrini) June 3, 2018
The assailants fled in a stolen car, which was later found abandoned with Pucci’s handbag still inside, according to reports in Chile.
Pellegrini wrote on Twitter: “Congratulations to @Carabdechile for their speedy and brave reaction.
“I’m also thankful for the help of locals. I hope they give the Carabineros more resources to solve the problem of delinquency as soon as possible.”
Pellegrini was unveiled as West Ham’s new manager last month, taking over from David Moyes and signing a three-year deal at the London Stadium.
The Chilean, who previously led Manchester City to the Premier League title, was most recently managing in China with Hebei China Fortune.
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