Intruders catch family off guard

2014-08-02 00:00

A COUPLE’S plan to celebrate their wedding anniversary turned into a nightmare after robbers held them at gunpoint.

On Thursday night, psychologist Michele Naude and her family were held at gunpoint at their home in Westville while robbers demanded money.

Naude yesterday said three men walked through the family’s front door after jumping over their fence.

“We carelessly left the front door open; it’s unusual as we are usually vigilant,” said Naude.

She said her nine-year-old son was held at gunpoint and was taken to a bedroom with their domestic worker.

She said at first she had thought that they had unexpected visitors.

“I only realised something was amiss when the intruder put his finger to his lips and indicated that I remain silent,” said Naude.

She said when her husband walked out of another bedroom and confronted the suspects, the men fled.

Naude did not think that the robbery had been planned but the attackers had spotted that their door was open and used this as an opportunity to try to rob them.

Westville Community Policing Forum chairperson Mike Myers, who had been asked to speak on behalf of the family yesterday, said the Naudes were about to leave for dinner when the suspects approached the family of five.

“At 8.45 pm the family were on their way out for dinner to celebrate their wedding anniversary when they were approached.

“One suspect brandished a firearm, another brandished a knife which was held against a child’s throat and the other was unarmed,” said Myers.

Naude later denied that her child had been threatened with a knife.

Myers said Naude’s husband got into a scuffle with one of the men and fought him off.

He said the robbers fled taking only an iPad, which was later recovered.

“Community patrol volunteers then pursued the suspects and exchanged fire with them but no one was injured,” said Myers.

SAPS spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said the case of burglary was being investigated by Westville police. “There were no injuries and no arrests have been made,” said Zwane.

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