Mom recalls own ordeal after hijack

2013-08-27 00:00

WHEN Teresa Fernandes’s son Alex was hijacked on Saturday night, the images of her own ordeal started to come back.

The 28-year-old from Glenwood was hijacked along with his friend Raynor Joshua at gun point at around 9.30 pm on Marriott Road in Berea.

Fernandes said Alex and Raynor had taken Alex’s car to a birthday party and had gone to the car to fetch some CDs.

But just before Alex and Raynor could close the car doors, three armed men confronted them and dragged them out of the vehicle.

“My son tried to take the keys away but they hit him on the head with the butt of the gun.

“Raynor was held down on the ground,” Fernandes said.

She said the hijackers took Alex’s white Audi A4 with the registration number ND 80089, along with his driver’s licence, house keys and cellphones. Alex had had the car for just four months, Fernandes said.

“I thank the Lord for looking out for them both, as a mother who has experienced something similar two years ago. We have to constantly worry and ask ourselves are our children safe?

“My son is slightly traumatised and has a cut on his head,” she said.

Fernandes said during her ordeal the hijackers tried to strangle her with a seatbelt.

On Thursday, a 73-year-old woman was robbed by two unknown suspects, who forced her out of her car.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said the woman was sitting inside the vehicle at about 11 am when she was approached by the suspects who asked her for directions.

“As she was turning her face they quickly opened the door and pulled her out of the vehicle and fled the scene. No arrests have been made and the investigations are continuing,” Zwane added.

In both of these cases no arrests have been made as yet.

Tips for motorists from the police:

• Motorists must always be vigilant and report any suspicious-looking vehicle or person hanging around.

• Motorists must always lock the doors of vehicles and close the windows.

• If a suspicious-looking vehicle is following you, better drive straight to a garage or to the police station.

• Try and take down the registration number plate and inform the police.

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