SANTIAGO, June 3 (Xinhua) -- Manuel Pellegrini, the Chilean coach of English football club West Ham United, was mugged at gunpoint late Saturday while walking with his wife in the Chilean capital Santiago, police reported on Sunday. Both were unharmed, but the armed robbers got away with his wife's purse, and the incident made headlines in local papers.
Pellegrini and his wife were walking in the capital at around 11 p.m. local time when two armed men demanded their belongings. His wife "screamed" and nearby police officers ran to their aid, causing the muggers to fire towards the officials, Vitacura's police captain Gonzalo Munoz said.
No one was hurt, but the men threw nails on the street before fleeing in a stolen vehicle that was later found abandoned in a populous neighborhood. Pellegrini is currently vacationing in Chile.