Hijack from Hilton exit to Nigel

2011-03-18 00:00

MOTORISTS continue to fall prey to hijackers at the infamous Hilton off-ramp.

A local man, who asked for his name to be withheld, was hijacked by two burly armed men there in the early hours of Friday morning last week.

Police said the man was driving his Audi A4 northbound when he noticed a white double cab Colt parked near the off-ramp.

He said two men wearing balaclavas pointed firearms in his direction, forcing him to stop.

The men got into the Audi, one in the passenger seat and the other in the back seat and ordered the owner to drive along the N3.

One of the men demanded the victim’s cellphone, removed the SIM card and threw it out of the window.

They then demanded cash and the victim pointed to an envelope containing R30 000 he had under the passenger seat. The hijackers demanded a firearm, but the victim said he did not have one.

“The hijackers forced him to drive on the back roads and in the Nigel area [near Springs] they forced him out of the vehicle. The suspects thereafter fled the scene in his vehicle,” said police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan.

The vehicle was recovered on Saturday afternoon in bush in Mpumalanga province.

Regarding other cases at the off-ramp, Jeevan said in the past year 46 cases ranging from attempted murders, theft out of motor vehicles, truck hijackings, armed robberies, pointing of firearms and theft were reported to the Hilton police by motorists, who stopped at the off-ramp sometimes to sleep or urinate.

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