Swimmer tied up and robbed

2016-06-28 15:43
Ryan Stramrood

Ryan Stramrood

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Ryan Stramrood , SA extreme ultra swimmer and media personality, was attacked at his home in Constantia on Saturday 25 June.

Stramrood says he woke up early that morning as he was going for an early swim.

“On Saturday I was up early, heading for a big swim session at 05:50. In my security complex, I walked to my car in the dark and was attacked by three men. One put a gun to my head and the other a knife to my side. The third took my wallet, phone and watch and then ransacked the car,” he said on his Facebook post following the incident.

“Hoping the ordeal was over, they then asked who I lived with and I told them I live alone. They decided to walk me back to my unit, unlock it and rob it. They made me kneel on the bedroom floor, keeping the gun to my head while two guys collected everything they could carry using my bags to carry it all. They took my laptop and also found all my external backups with 20 years worth of work, emails, photos and swimming trip videos. I asked for my credit cards and some of the damn expensive Apple connections in my bag, which they agreed to after a small whack to the head with the gun telling me to stop telling them what to do. No more negotiations,” one of them said.

Stramrood says the suspects  then tied his hands and feet, gagged him very tightly and blindfolded him. “This was the scariest part. As they did that and just before the gag, I asked for my phone and told them it can be tracked. Then the gag was on. They locked the bedroom door and left me lying on the floor, and took the key with them. Once I got the blindfold off, I saw they had tossed the phone on the bed and I was able to call police and Kieron Palframan who came as quickly as they could. Stuck in my room, Kieron got scissors and I put my hands through a window and he freed me from the binds (shoelaces). He then had to get the door off the hinges to get me out,” he says.

Diep River Police spokesperson Warrant officer Keith Chandler confirmed the incident. “The well-known swimmer was accosted in his security complex. It is alleged that three men cut a hole in the fence that leads from the Constantia Green belt onto the premises. Two of the suspects were armed with knives and the third suspect was armed with a firearm. No shots were fired and nobody was seriously injured. A case of house robbery was opened and is being investigated,” says Chandler.

Anyone with information can contact Detective warrant officer Steven Young on 021 710 7342.

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