19-year-old gang member arrested for threatening ‘Mamma’ Jane

Café Viking owner’s stand against thug demanding protection money pays off

 

When Café Viking owner ‘Mamma’ Jane Pedersen was threatened by a young thug demanding protection money, the bar owner held her ground. Her refusal to give in, and her decision to blow the whistle on what she said was a common problem in the Nørrebro district, led to a massive outpouring of support.

Now, it has also led to an arrest.

Copenhagen Police announced yesterday that it had arrested a 19-year-old man for threatening and attempting to extort Pedersen. Police said the man has a connection to the street gang ‘Brothas’.

“We have investigated the complaint we received in August from the owner of Café Viking, and it has now paid off,” Tommy Laursen, a deputy inspector from Bellahøj Station, said. “We take these kinds of threats and blackmail very seriously. We don’t believe the problem is widespread, but it must be stopped. We therefore request that the public continue to report these events to the police.”

After Pedersen originally went public with the threats she received, so many people came to her Nørrebro pub to show their support that a massive overflow crowd led to a street party of sorts outside her establishment. With news of the arrest, it's a safe bet there will be some happy beer drinkers at Café Viking this weekend celebrating Mamma Jane’s victory.





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