Manhunt on for armed home invaders

2016-10-18 06:00

POLICE and SA Community Crime Watch (SACCW) have launched a manhunt for three men who robbed and assaulted a family in Forest­ Hills last week.

According to Steven King, SACCW founder, the home owner, Rod Peel and his family were asleep at about 4am and were awoken by a noise in the house.

“Peel found three men in his bedroom and one man pointed a firearm at Peel’s mouth and said, ‘keep quiet, this is a robbery, don't make a noise and you won't get hurt’,” said King.

“The other man was standing over Peel’s wife and the third by the foot of the bed. Three children were also in the room. The men asked if there were any other people in the house and two went to find them. The man, who was left in the room with the Peels, asked them for money and jewellery and took a wedding ring off Mrs Peel’s hand. He then asked which car the set of keys in the room belonged to.
“Peel pretended that he could not see and sat up. He noticed that the bedroom door was open and the key was in the lock. He then heard a commotion in the passage and the man turned, which is when Peel jumped up, closed the door and locked it. He then started beating the man.”
King said the man tried to get out by pulling the burglar bars, but Peel pulled him back and continued to hit him. The man tried to grab the leg of one of the children to use as a shield but Peel hit him again, to let go. “The man started shouting for help and the other men came and kicked the door down to help their accomplice. The fight then moved to the passage where Peel’s stepson joined in hitting the men until the men opened fire on the family,” King added.

No one was seriously injured, but, the men got away with jewellery, money and electrical appliances and are still at large.

Police are appealing to anyone with
information to
contact them on 031 765 9103.

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