Jogger attacked and robbed by men posing as runners

2014-12-19 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG jogger got more than he bargained for when he was robbed on a morning run in Townhill on Wednesday.

He was accosted by two men posing as runners, who attacked him and stripped him of his wedding ring.

The man, who requested anonymity, said he had been running on McCarthy Drive at 5 am when he passed two men who had run along with him.

As the jogger approached Chase Valley Road the two ad hoc runners stopped him and they chatted about football.

“They asked me which team I was supporting and continued asking many questions. When we approached the park, one of them hit me with a metal object in the back while the other punched me in the stomach,” he said.

“They were so professional and they acted like we were training so that people passing by would not suspect anything. I could not scream because they beat me severely and I ran out of strength.”

He said his attackers had asked what he was carrying before removing his ring, which he said was worth R23 000.

He said he had spent some time ­sitting under a tree trying to recover­ before heading home and contacting the police.

“I got married last year and my ring was one of the valuable things I had.”

He warned other residents to be vigilant when jogging on the street.

“People must jog in pairs or groups as it would be difficult for perpetrators to rob them. They must not trust anyone they encounter on the roads.”

Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said a case of common robbery was opened at Townhill police station and said the matter is currently being investigated. No arrests had been made.

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