Rome police arrest man suspected of part of gang planning heist

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Rome police arrest man suspected of part of gang planning heist

Local police said on Friday that they suspected the man was part of a gang of four who planned to carry out the heist this weekend, when the Italian capital would be relatively quiet due to the Ferragosto public holiday.

The press office of the Carabinieri police told CNN that officers arrived at the collapsed tunnel on Thursday after receiving reports that a man was trapped under the rubble.

Soon after they arrived, they arrested two people suspected of trying to escape the area by car and a fourth man.

Rescuers spent eight hours freeing the trapped man who was under medical observation in the San Camillo hospital in Rome.

Lawyer Carmine Pascarosa, who is representing the two men arrested in the car, told CNN that the couple had been charged with resisting arrest and were not currently under investigation for other crimes. He said the two men denied involvement with the man rescued from the rubble. According to Pascarosa, he and two men said they had been passing the area by chance when a man asked them for help and took them to a vacant shop that was the entrance to the tunnel. He added that when they realized what had happened, they called rescuers before they left the scene. Pascarosa said a fourth person has been charged with being involved in the collapse of the tunnel and that a fourth person has been charged with the injuries.