City hero to the rescue

2009-04-02 00:00

If a nearby business owner hadn't shouted at a group of thugs during a robbery in the city centre yesterday afternoon, the victim may not have been alive today.

A gang of three allegedly stabbed a person in his upper back during the incident, which took place on Burger Street.

The business owner that witnessed the robbery said it looked like the assailants were about to stab the victim again, so he shouted from the window of his office.

"It was terrible," said the business owner.

"When I heard a shout I knew that someone was getting mugged."

"So I looked out of the window and shouted at the group of them and they ran away ... When the man came to the office, he looked concussed and then we saw the blood dripping down his arm."

The owner then shouted for his staff to call the police.

The suspects had made it to Alexandra swimming pool where police caught two of them. The third assailant managed to escape.

Police then brought the two suspects that they had caught back to the scene to be identified.

Another man standing at the scene said the men had robbed him of R500 earlier.

"Fortunately, he wasn't hurt, but you could see that they pushed him around a bit," the businessman said.

When The Witness contacted police spokesman Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram, he confirmed the incident and said that all three suspects had been arrested and charged with robbery.

Meanwhile, the business owner said that upper Burger Street is "terribly dangerous" area, and that people are often mugged there - young men and old women alike.

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