A 24-year-old woman was struck three times with a car and then run over following an argument over the purchase of a cell phone. Seven people have been arrested in connection with the incident which took place around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday in Amsterdam Noord, police confirmed.
Police say the conflict erupted after the woman bought a cell phone through the Marktplaats website earlier in the evening. She picked it up from a place on the Ranonkelkade. When she realized that she had been sold a fake phone, she returned to the scene to resolve the situation. “This resulted in a conflict with the occupants of the car,” police said.
It was then that the woman was struck several times by the vehicle on Geraniumweg near Ranonkelkade. As this situation unfolded, several passers-by hit the taxi.
The victim was conscious when the police arrived at the scene and she was taken to hospital. Police arrested the 23-year-old taxi driver and his 26-year-old passenger. Both men are from Amsterdam. It is not known if the taxi driver was at work during the incident.
Four passers-by who tried to stop the taxi reportedly damaged the vehicle excessively. They are two 21-year-old men and two 22-year-old men from Amsterdam. A 64-year-old man was also arrested for involvement in the incident, but his role is under further investigation. A police official said all the suspects were still in custody on Sunday afternoon.
Police said the incident was still under investigation and asked witnesses to contact them directly.