Businessman chases machete-wielding gang from house after double raid

Khalid Abrkhil

Khalid Abrkhil

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A BUSINESSMAN risked his own life by chasing a machete-wielding gang of robbers who broke into his home for the second time in three days.

Khalid Abrkhil pursued the getaway car of a masked gang who forced their way into his house.

The break-in came just two days after another man made off with £15,000 after attacking his flatmate with a bladed weapon.

Police believe both attacks on the property in Bassett Green, Southampton, are linked and are hunting the gang responsible, while Mr Abrkhil has made an urgent plea for help in tracking them down.

The ordeal began when Mr Abrkhil’s housemate arrived at their terrace home to find a man in an upstairs bedroom grabbing the cash – which was takings from his and a flatmate’s businesses – and a Rolex watch.

The burglar slashed the housemate on his hand and wrist with a blade before escaping in a white van.

Two days later Mr Abrkhil, 30, who owns a meat wholesalers, was in the bathroom when he heard voices outside and saw a gang gathering at the back door of his home.

Recalling how he cried for help to his friends downstairs, he said: “It was horrible.

“Normally if burglars see the homeowner is in, they run off but they were such animals they came in after me.”

One of the men advanced towards the staircase holding a machete and violently threw a saucepan containing beans from the hob towards Khalid’s head.

The armed robbers fled, after assaulting one of his four friends staying in the house and causing a cut to his face.

Mr Abrkhil described how he attempted to pursue them in his car as they drove down Thomas Lewis Way in the direction of the M27 motorway but they sped off.

He said: “I was so scared, but I wanted to do all I could to catch them and get their registration plate, so I jumped in my car after them.”

Mr Abrkhil said he is now living in fear – barricading the doors and only returning home with the rest of his flatmates.

He said: “It’s like being in a prison. We can’t sleep at night.

“Whenever I hear a noise at night I wake up and thinking it’s them again.

“The police need to catch them to protect people’s safety.”

Police confirmed they are hunting the gang who first struck at 3.50pm on Monday August 11. On that occasion the burglar brandishing the knife was described as white with his face obscured.

The second armed robbery happened around midnight on Wednesday and a white man, once again with his face covered, was accompanied by at least four black men.

A spokesman from Hampshire police said: “We are pursuing lines of inquiry, no arrests have been made at this time.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimsestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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6:29am Thu 21 Aug 14

Norwegian Saint says...

Maxwell Kusi-Obodum,

Headline reads...
"Businessman chases machete-wielding gang gtom house after double raid"

WHAT THE HECK IS "GTOM"???
Maxwell Kusi-Obodum, Headline reads... "Businessman chases machete-wielding gang gtom house after double raid" WHAT THE HECK IS "GTOM"??? Norwegian Saint
  • Score: 8

6:48am Thu 21 Aug 14

manimaul says...

Think it is a mistype of "from" ?
Think it is a mistype of "from" ? manimaul
  • Score: 5

6:55am Thu 21 Aug 14

Huey says...

Norwegian Saint wrote:
Maxwell Kusi-Obodum,

Headline reads...
"Businessman chases machete-wielding gang gtom house after double raid"

WHAT THE HECK IS "GTOM"???
Given that he works for the echo I am surprised he can correctly spell his own name, so leave him alone, he's doing fine
[quote][p][bold]Norwegian Saint[/bold] wrote: Maxwell Kusi-Obodum, Headline reads... "Businessman chases machete-wielding gang gtom house after double raid" WHAT THE HECK IS "GTOM"???[/p][/quote]Given that he works for the echo I am surprised he can correctly spell his own name, so leave him alone, he's doing fine Huey
  • Score: 11

8:29am Thu 21 Aug 14

Big Mac says...

Someone must have known that there was cash stashed in the house. And only one Rolex taken, ummm
Someone must have known that there was cash stashed in the house. And only one Rolex taken, ummm Big Mac
  • Score: 5

8:33am Thu 21 Aug 14

Norwegian Saint says...

Huey wrote:
Norwegian Saint wrote: Maxwell Kusi-Obodum, Headline reads... "Businessman chases machete-wielding gang gtom house after double raid" WHAT THE HECK IS "GTOM"???
Given that he works for the echo I am surprised he can correctly spell his own name, so leave him alone, he's doing fine
Maybe his real name is John Smith!
What computers are they using there? Surely spell-check would have picked this up?
Weell don daly eko four chaingin tha hedleine.
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Norwegian Saint[/bold] wrote: Maxwell Kusi-Obodum, Headline reads... "Businessman chases machete-wielding gang gtom house after double raid" WHAT THE HECK IS "GTOM"???[/p][/quote]Given that he works for the echo I am surprised he can correctly spell his own name, so leave him alone, he's doing fine[/p][/quote]Maybe his real name is John Smith! What computers are they using there? Surely spell-check would have picked this up? Weell don daly eko four chaingin tha hedleine. Norwegian Saint
  • Score: 4

10:18am Thu 21 Aug 14

Hastagger says...

Big Mac wrote:
Someone must have known that there was cash stashed in the house. And only one Rolex taken, ummm
Maybe they were coming back for the other nine!
[quote][p][bold]Big Mac[/bold] wrote: Someone must have known that there was cash stashed in the house. And only one Rolex taken, ummm[/p][/quote]Maybe they were coming back for the other nine! Hastagger
  • Score: 3

10:59am Thu 21 Aug 14

good-gosh says...

High time we could do as we please to protect in our homes. A sawn off shotgun would see most raiders off – in an ambulance….
High time we could do as we please to protect in our homes. A sawn off shotgun would see most raiders off – in an ambulance…. good-gosh
  • Score: 12

11:52am Thu 21 Aug 14

SwedeSaint says...

good-gosh wrote:
High time we could do as we please to protect in our homes. A sawn off shotgun would see most raiders off – in an ambulance….
You can already use reasonable force to protect yourselves and your family. So you'll probably find if you're threatened by a knife you can reasonably use a knife in your defence, or golf club or baseball bat, but my 'defender' of choice, for flexibility, speed and manoeuvrability is my trusty rounders bat. You just need to be braver than your intruder(s) who, in most cases, are spineless little worms who would rather steal from people than make their own way in the world.
[quote][p][bold]good-gosh[/bold] wrote: High time we could do as we please to protect in our homes. A sawn off shotgun would see most raiders off – in an ambulance….[/p][/quote]You can already use reasonable force to protect yourselves and your family. So you'll probably find if you're threatened by a knife you can reasonably use a knife in your defence, or golf club or baseball bat, but my 'defender' of choice, for flexibility, speed and manoeuvrability is my trusty rounders bat. You just need to be braver than your intruder(s) who, in most cases, are spineless little worms who would rather steal from people than make their own way in the world. SwedeSaint
  • Score: 11

2:12pm Thu 21 Aug 14

good-gosh says...

SwedeSaint wrote:
good-gosh wrote:
High time we could do as we please to protect in our homes. A sawn off shotgun would see most raiders off – in an ambulance….
You can already use reasonable force to protect yourselves and your family. So you'll probably find if you're threatened by a knife you can reasonably use a knife in your defence, or golf club or baseball bat, but my 'defender' of choice, for flexibility, speed and manoeuvrability is my trusty rounders bat. You just need to be braver than your intruder(s) who, in most cases, are spineless little worms who would rather steal from people than make their own way in the world.
A shot gun has a reasonable force
[quote][p][bold]SwedeSaint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]good-gosh[/bold] wrote: High time we could do as we please to protect in our homes. A sawn off shotgun would see most raiders off – in an ambulance….[/p][/quote]You can already use reasonable force to protect yourselves and your family. So you'll probably find if you're threatened by a knife you can reasonably use a knife in your defence, or golf club or baseball bat, but my 'defender' of choice, for flexibility, speed and manoeuvrability is my trusty rounders bat. You just need to be braver than your intruder(s) who, in most cases, are spineless little worms who would rather steal from people than make their own way in the world.[/p][/quote]A shot gun has a reasonable force good-gosh
  • Score: 2

4:19pm Thu 21 Aug 14

SwedeSaint says...

good-gosh wrote:
SwedeSaint wrote:
good-gosh wrote:
High time we could do as we please to protect in our homes. A sawn off shotgun would see most raiders off – in an ambulance….
You can already use reasonable force to protect yourselves and your family. So you'll probably find if you're threatened by a knife you can reasonably use a knife in your defence, or golf club or baseball bat, but my 'defender' of choice, for flexibility, speed and manoeuvrability is my trusty rounders bat. You just need to be braver than your intruder(s) who, in most cases, are spineless little worms who would rather steal from people than make their own way in the world.
A shot gun has a reasonable force
Sure you'll be fine with that if it's legal and you are at serious threat. Just don't fall into this nonsense that you can't do anything to protect yourself and your family - it's not true.
[quote][p][bold]good-gosh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SwedeSaint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]good-gosh[/bold] wrote: High time we could do as we please to protect in our homes. A sawn off shotgun would see most raiders off – in an ambulance….[/p][/quote]You can already use reasonable force to protect yourselves and your family. So you'll probably find if you're threatened by a knife you can reasonably use a knife in your defence, or golf club or baseball bat, but my 'defender' of choice, for flexibility, speed and manoeuvrability is my trusty rounders bat. You just need to be braver than your intruder(s) who, in most cases, are spineless little worms who would rather steal from people than make their own way in the world.[/p][/quote]A shot gun has a reasonable force[/p][/quote]Sure you'll be fine with that if it's legal and you are at serious threat. Just don't fall into this nonsense that you can't do anything to protect yourself and your family - it's not true. SwedeSaint
  • Score: 1

5:15pm Thu 21 Aug 14

riverbanks says...

Middle of the afternoon and no one saw anything? No wonder people take the law into their own hands!
Middle of the afternoon and no one saw anything? No wonder people take the law into their own hands! riverbanks
  • Score: -1

5:38pm Thu 21 Aug 14

St.Ray says...

What the f**k is a "Bladed Weapon"??? Do you mean a knife????? Let's have less of Crap Speak & tell it as it is. NO MORE PC SPEAK!!!
What the f**k is a "Bladed Weapon"??? Do you mean a knife????? Let's have less of Crap Speak & tell it as it is. NO MORE PC SPEAK!!! St.Ray
  • Score: -3

6:25pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Lord Palmerstone says...

I'm afraid he police will be far too busy deciding whether a house-husband has been "controlled" by his wife to have any time to pursue this one. Since the Coalition has come to this it's obviously run out of ideas. Let's have an election immediately after the Scots!
I'm afraid he police will be far too busy deciding whether a house-husband has been "controlled" by his wife to have any time to pursue this one. Since the Coalition has come to this it's obviously run out of ideas. Let's have an election immediately after the Scots! Lord Palmerstone
  • Score: -2

8:04pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Mr Cynical says...

More to this than he is saying. His four friends who were staying there might know a bit about it - why no quotes from them?
Come on echo do some proper journalism.
More to this than he is saying. His four friends who were staying there might know a bit about it - why no quotes from them? Come on echo do some proper journalism. Mr Cynical
  • Score: -2

9:13pm Thu 21 Aug 14

thesouth says...

St.Ray wrote:
What the f**k is a "Bladed Weapon"??? Do you mean a knife????? Let's have less of Crap Speak & tell it as it is. NO MORE PC SPEAK!!!
Because not all bladed weapons are knives I would THINK
[quote][p][bold]St.Ray[/bold] wrote: What the f**k is a "Bladed Weapon"??? Do you mean a knife????? Let's have less of Crap Speak & tell it as it is. NO MORE PC SPEAK!!![/p][/quote]Because not all bladed weapons are knives I would THINK thesouth
  • Score: 2

10:52am Fri 22 Aug 14

camerajuan says...

thesouth wrote:
St.Ray wrote:
What the f**k is a "Bladed Weapon"??? Do you mean a knife????? Let's have less of Crap Speak & tell it as it is. NO MORE PC SPEAK!!!
Because not all bladed weapons are knives I would THINK
Too true.

Axes, Swords, Spears, Bayonets are all bladed weapons. And they can be bought quite easily.

Are they sure this man is 30? He's had a tough innings hasn't he?
[quote][p][bold]thesouth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St.Ray[/bold] wrote: What the f**k is a "Bladed Weapon"??? Do you mean a knife????? Let's have less of Crap Speak & tell it as it is. NO MORE PC SPEAK!!![/p][/quote]Because not all bladed weapons are knives I would THINK[/p][/quote]Too true. Axes, Swords, Spears, Bayonets are all bladed weapons. And they can be bought quite easily. Are they sure this man is 30? He's had a tough innings hasn't he? camerajuan
  • Score: 1

3:03pm Fri 22 Aug 14

S!monOn says...

good-gosh wrote:
High time we could do as we please to protect in our homes. A sawn off shotgun would see most raiders off – in an ambulance….
or a body bag in a back of a van.... one or the other eh?
[quote][p][bold]good-gosh[/bold] wrote: High time we could do as we please to protect in our homes. A sawn off shotgun would see most raiders off – in an ambulance….[/p][/quote]or a body bag in a back of a van.... one or the other eh? S!monOn
  • Score: 0

7:25pm Fri 22 Aug 14

CHIMPANZEE says...

999 for emrrgency help!!! Obviousy we have no police potection in broad daylight. Get a gang of Mafia or appeal to Putin to help us
999 for emrrgency help!!! Obviousy we have no police potection in broad daylight. Get a gang of Mafia or appeal to Putin to help us CHIMPANZEE
  • Score: 0

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