‘Spanish Facebook’ founder ‘robbed of Bitcoin worth millions by Taser thugs’

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A tech entrepreneur who founded the "Spanish Facebook" was tortured and mugged of tens of millions of euros in Bitcoin, he claimed.

Zaryn Dentzel, 38, said his Madrid home was invaded by a gang of four or five thugs who bound, gagged and tied him down before interrogating him for his passwords after 3pm on Tuesday.

They wanted access to his Bitcoin account worth tens of millions of euros, he told cops and Spanish media.

Before conducting their campaign of misery on the innocent entrepreneur, the thugs apparently covered the security cameras at his city centre apartment.

Then they tortured him for four hours, he claimed.

At this point, Mr Dentzel said he told them his password and let them leave with the "tens of millions of euros" cryptocurrency.

The methods of torture allegedly included multiple slashes on the chest with a knife, a suspicious substance sprayed in his eyes and numerous taser shots to his body.

After telling the masked gang his password, they swiftly fled with Zaryn's laptops, several phones, a tablet and a USB.

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Cops arrived at the scene shortly after a neighbour heard cries from the apartment.

And witnesses saw a group of masked men clutching bags sprint onto the street.

A police source told Spanish newspaper El Esapañol that Mr Dentzel had serious knife wounds when they arrived at the scene.

Detectives are now working to fact check his version of events and will take eyewitness testimony.

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Zaryn founded Tuenti, a messaging platform known as the "Spanish Facebook", in 2006.

The company became a sensation during the early phase of social media in the mid-2000s, with millions of users in dozens of countries.

Tuenti was then bought by Spanish media giant Telefonica, which owns Virgin Media O2, in 2013.

Mr Dentzel pocketed millions from the deal and now resides in Spain.

  • Crime
  • Bitcoin
  • Facebook

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