Heist victim crashes into crook

2011-10-22 00:00

DESPITE being hit by a Toyota Fortuner SUV and flung against a perimeter wall during an armed robbery, a tough criminal dragged himself up, grabbed a money bag and escaped.

Three suspects were arrested.

The incident played itself out in Jarier Road, Raisethorpe, yesterday morning when businessman Abdul Khalik was about to leave home with about R70 000 in a money bag to pay his employees’ wages at his factory in Woodlands.

Khalik said that as he reversed out of his driveway at about 6 am with his wife standing at the gate with the money bag a gunman approached him and tried to grab his car keys from the ignition.

“I saw four other men accosting my wife, one carrying a gun. I couldn’t get out of the vehicle as the thug was holding tightly to the steering wheel. I engaged the first gear and accelerated. The man was bumped by the vehicle, flung hard against the perimeter wall and must surely have been injured. To my surprise he fired a shot at the windscreen but it miraculously missed me.

“More shots were fired as he grabbed the bag from one of his accomplices and fled towards Greytown Road,” said Khalik.

He said the other suspects assaulted his wife and got hold of the bag after she had held on to it tightly.

“She would have probably been shot and killed had she continued to resist. This is an inside job and one of my employees is a suspect.”

Three months ago Khalik was held at gunpoint in front of his factory and robbed of R7 000 and his cellphone. He said that in both incidents he suspects that the robbers were Malawian nationals who get inside information from his workers.

“The police response was amazing. They were here in no time and the fact that they made three arrests within six hours shows that we can count on them,” said Khalik.

Mountain Rise police station commander Brigadier Frances Bantham said police have still to confirm the nationality of the suspects.

She said that while the suspects were running away from the scene the money bag was thrown into thick bushes. A passer-by spotted the bag and notified the police, who recovered the bag containing R54 370, a chequebook and a cellphone.

The station’s dog unit arrested the three suspects in an informal settlement on the Greytown Road. The suspect who was flung against the wall was not taken to hospital as he had no injuries. A firearm was recovered from one of the suspects.

The suspects will appear in court on Monday facing charges of armed robbery, attempted murder, assault and possession of unlicensed firearms.

• chris.ndaliso@witness.co.za

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