The conditions of AG, the 34-year-old Roman who was rescued yesterday after being stuck in a tunnel in via Innocenzo XI, in Rome, at a depth of about six meters are worsening. The man, who is not guarded, would not be in danger of life anyway. On the matter, for which investigations are underway, there is a strong suspicion that it may be an attempt to dig a tunnel for a theft in the style of a gang of the hole. Given the worsening of the condition, due to a crush syndrome, the prognosis remains reserved. The 34-year-old is hospitalized at the San Camillo hospital in Rome, he is vigilant but would not have spoken to anyone.
The two people arrested yesterday in via Innocenzo XI in Rome as part of the story on the alleged band of the hole return free. At the end of the trial, the judge validated the arrest by not applying the precautionary measure against the two. The trial is set for next December 20.
“We were driving by by chance and we saw a boy asking for help and when we saw the tunnel we were scared and we left”. This is what they told during the direct hearing.
Meanwhile, the man who was rescued yesterday after being stuck in the tunnel in via Innocenzo XI, at a depth of about six meters, will be discharged today from the Gemelli hospital. On the matter, for which investigations are underway, there is a strong suspicion that it may be an attempt to dig a tunnel for a theft in the style of a gang of the hole. The ‘man-mole’, a thirty-year-old Roman who will be heard in the next few days, was denounced for damage and negligent collapse, as were the other three people who had been stopped yesterday near the rescue site.
Some of the suspects also have specific records for theft. Investigations are just beginning to understand the reasons for those works and what was the aim of the alleged blow. In the next few days, the owner of the empty room where the group was carrying out work and which perhaps would have been rented will also be heard. In the vicinity of via Innocenzo XI there are in fact two banks that are distant for a few hundred meters.
The rescue operations were greeted by a long applause yesterday from the many people who had been following the operations for at least eight hours. The man was about halfway down the roadway at a depth of about six meters. Once extracted, he was entrusted to 118.
The excavations of the tunnel carried out by the four people suspected of being part of a gang of thieves would have started from a vacant shop. Parallel to the rescue of a person, probably a member of the gang, who got stuck in the tunnel, investigations are underway to understand what the aim of the alleged blow was: in the vicinity of Via Innocenzo XI there are in fact two banks, a few hundred meters away. Among the hypotheses it is not excluded that the gang wanted to proceed step by step: that is, digging a little at a time, taking advantage of the city emptied by the August 15th weekend.
The reconstruction of the fact
A film shot that risked turning into tragedy the one attempted by the alleged gang a stone’s throw from the Vatican. A blow apparently planned in the smallest details, taking advantage of a Rome empty of holidays, started from a vacant place from where the excavation of the tunnel had begun which, presumably, should have led them to the vault of one of the two nearby banks. A few hundred meters underground to score the mid-August coup. But something went wrong and it was a flop: in the middle of the excavations a piece of asphalt came down and blocked one of the thieves at a depth of about 6-7 meters. “Help, please free me”, the desperate appeal of the man to the rescuers who arrived on the spot with special units to try to save his life. After eight hours, the firefighters managed to bring the man to the surface amid the applause of the many people who had crowded together to follow the delicate phases of recovery. The three accomplices, on the other hand, managed to save themselves from the collapse but were blocked by the carabinieri: all with specific precedents such as theft have already been heard by the military and now their positions are being examined.
It all started this morning when a phone call arrives at 112 that raises the alarm: some people would have been stuck in a tunnel in via Innocenzo XI, one of the most famous crossroads of Gregory VII, not far from St. Peter’s Basilica. The firefighters also intervene on the spot with the help of the special forces and soon identify the exact point of the collapse, in front of a vacant shop. From under the asphalt comes the voice of a single person asking for help. The rescuers get to work by intervening with a bulldozer to open a parallel tunnel in order to reach the man who is buried alive in the rubble. According to initial investigations, it is likely that another member of the gang made the call, perhaps one of the three stopped by the carabinieri while wandering in the area of the shot. The accomplices, all Italians with precedents, had fled, but were blocked by the carabinieri not far from the place of the collapse. Taken to the Trastevere barracks, they were interrogated for hours. The investigators, in fact, are trying to reconstruct the dynamics of the facts exactly to go back to the start date of the ‘works’. The investigations are coordinated by the Public Prosecutor of Rome and now it will have to be clarified even if the gang was no longer numerous and also counted on any other accomplices and basists.