Durban jogger kidnapped by armed robbers

A 37-year-old Durban jogger was held at gunpoint‚ bundled into a car and driven to her home by a gang of armed robbers on Monday morning.

Blue Security operations manager Brian Jackson said a gang of three armed robbers driving a silver grey VW Polo Vivo kidnapped the woman at gunpoint in Manning Road and drove her to her Cato Road home.

“The woman was out jogging at around 4.55am when a motorist saw the gang hold her up at gunpoint and force her into their car.

“The brave motorist followed the gang to Cato Road where they forced the woman out of the car at gunpoint and into her home. He then alerted the security officer posted in the guard hut down the road and we immediately responded to the scene‚” he said.

Umbilo police also arrived at the scene.

“When our officer arrived at the house he found the gang’s car parked in the street and one of the gang members emerged from the house still holding the resident hostage at gunpoint. He forced her into the car and sped off. Our officer opened fire at the vehicle tyres and shot one of the tyres. The other two suspects jumped over a wall and fled the scene on foot.

“The police gave chase and rescued the woman from the vehicle which was found abandoned with a burst tyre in Chesterville‚” Jackson said.

Provincial police spokesman Major Thulani Zwane confirmed that Umbilo police were investigating a case of kidnapping and attempted armed robbery.

“No arrest has been made at this stage.”




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