The police arrested a 45-year-old man from Vlissingen on Sunday for trying to rob a gas station with an ax and later trying to mug a woman, the police said in a statement on Monday.
The ax carrying man walked into the gas station on President Rooseveltlaan in Vlissingen on Sunday evening, but fled again immediately. A short time later the police also received a report that a man tried to steal a woman's handbag in nearby Middelburg. The man and the woman struggled. A passerby shot to the woman's aid and the man fled without the handbag.