Parkwood boy kidnapped, returns home hours later

2016-05-25 16:00

A case of kidnapping was reported at Grassy Park Police Station yesterday (Tuesday) after a 12-year-old boy from Parkwood was taken from his parents home.
Grassy Park police spokesperson Warrant Officer Wynita Kleinsmith said the incident occurred on Tuesday at about 11:00.

“On Tuesday the boy (complainant) was at his residence in Parkwood when a white Golf with red stickers with two men stopped in front of his residence. They were first speaking to the grandfather of the complainant, who then left with them,” Kleinsmith says.
She says the same vehicle and occupants returned “without the grandfather and informed the complainant that they are taking the television and a computer tower and that they will be exchanging it to give him something else”.

“They then told the complainant to go with them. They drove to a few places with the complainant and then left him in Lotus River, and the complainant then walked home,” Kleinsmith says.
The boy had no injuries, she further confirmed.
The suspects are unknown to the complainant.

A docket of kidnapping and theft is being investigated by Grassy Park police.

Grassy Park station commander Colonel Shawn van Wyk has urged parents to “talk to their children and to warn them of the dangers they could encounter by getting into strangers' vehicles and also not to keep their children out of school without a valid reason”.
“(Parents should) ensure that their children finish their schooling career and stay away from gangsterism, drugs and bad influences within the community. And most important to ensure that their precious children are supervised and not left alone at home,” Kleinsmith adds.

Anyone with information on crime in the Grassy Park area is urged to contact 021 700 3940 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111. All information will be treated as highly confidential.


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