Video of 86-year-old woman thrown from car during hijacking goes viral

By admin
06 May 2015

A video showing an elderly woman being thrown from her car during a a hijacking has gone viral.

Sue Smuts, from Somerset West, had parked her car outside her home on 29 April when a man walked up to it and tried to open the door, as seen in surveillance footage. Finding it locked, he bangs on the window and manages to put his arm in and open the door. He then yanks Sue from the car and drove off, leaving her slumped against a low wall in shock. Her car, handbag and wallet were recovered 22 hours later and a 37-year-old suspect arrested. He appeared in the Somerset West Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

'I was really angry at the time'

Western Cape police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk said the man was arrested when he returned to the car he had allegedly abandoned in Macassar.

The man had apparently tried to swap her groceries in the car for cash at the Eersterivier Pick ‘n Pay. A cashier alerted police when the man failed to answer why he was returning the groceries. The shopping chain later delivered fresh groceries, flowers and a gift card to Smuts.

“I am okay. I was really angry at the time,” Sue said from her home, which she shares with her son Richard, on Tuesday afternoon.

Sue said she was coping well and kept busy by baking for home industries in the morning. She also liked music and painting.

The video was uploaded by Crime Watch and has gained more than 80 000 views in three days.

Watch the video below:

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