Robberies a concern

2018-06-05 06:00

“I just want to make local residents aware as I am concerned that this man is still out there targeting other easy targets,” says a shocked Jackie Biddle.

Biddle and her domestic worker were robbed in two different incidents in less than 48 hours.

Biddle says that on Saturday 26 May at 15:30 she took her 11-month-old baby for a walk in Orient Road, a day after her domestic worker was robbed of her cellphone in the same area.

Little did she know that a perpetrator was lurking in the area and preying on her too.

“I went for a walk in the afternoon to help get my baby to go to sleep, something I do almost every weekend. Within a minute from my house the exact same thing happened to me, probably the same person too from what I got from my domestic worker’s description of him.”

Like her domestic worker who was robbed on Friday 25 May at about 09:15 in Malton Road, the perpetrator threatened her with a knife, pointing it at the baby, while demanding her belongings. Biddle says she screamed for help and the neighbours responded positively and they were rescued, but the suspect escaped.

Biddle says she was carrying her baby in a carrier on her chest when the incident happened­.

“I think he is only targeting cellphones. My domestic worker had a handbag but her cellphone was in the pocket of her skirt, which was a tight-fitting skirt. [The suspect] went straight for the phone and ignored her handbag. She tried to stop him, but he pulled the knife on her. “I did not have anything else but my phone and house keys on me. I had looked at my phone when I started my walk, but put it in the pocket of the front of the baby carrier (on my front), but took it out to give to him when he directed the knife to my baby. It seemed he was perhaps watching us and knew exactly where our phones were before coming to us.”

Biddle describes the suspect as a tall man with a dark complexion and short hair.

“He was not too tall and not very big, but quite thin,” she adds.

Biddle says she is worried that if it happened twice within such a short period of time, many more people are at risk of falling victim as well.

“I do not want something worse to happen to someone else.”

Wynberg police spokesperson, Captain Ntomboxolo Nqunqeka, confirms the increase in mugging incidents and says police have started doing regular patrols in hotspots. She says they have implemented a crime prevention unit team and a major offences reaction team (MORT) as well as overlapping shifts and joint operations in an attempt to curb this trend. She says the new implementation has led to a couple of arrests­.V Continued on page 2.

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