Swimmer robbed in security complex

2016-07-05 06:00
Ryan Stramrood, a well known swimmer and media personality was tied up in his house and robbed by three man at gun point.

Ryan Stramrood, a well known swimmer and media personality was tied up in his house and robbed by three man at gun point.

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Ryan Stramrood, SA Extreme Ultra Swimmer and media personality, was attacked at his home in Constantia on Saturday 25 June.

Stramrood says he woke up early that Saturday morning.

“I was up early, heading for a big swim session at 05:50. In my security complex, I walked to my car in the dark and was attacked by three men. One put a gun to my head the other a knife to my side. The third took my wallet, phone and watch then ransacked the car,” he says in a Facebook post on the incident.

“Hoping the ordeal was over, they then asked who I lived with and I told them alone. They decided to walk me back to my unit, unlock it and rob it. They made me kneel on the bedroom floor, keeping the gun on my head while two guys collected everything they could carry using my bags to carry it all. They found and took my laptop and all my external backups of 20 years: work, emails, photos and swimming trip videos. I asked for my credit cards and some of the damn expensive Apple connections in my bag, which they agreed to after a small whack to the head with the gun telling me to stop telling them what to do.”

Stramrood says the suspects then tied his hands and feet, gagged him very tightly and blindfolded him. “This was the scariest part. As they did that and just before the gag, I asked for my phone and told them it can be tracked. Then the gag was on. They locked the bedroom door and left me lying on the floor, took the key with them. Once I got the blindfold off, I saw they had tossed the phone on the bed and I was able to call police and Kieron Palframan (a fellow extreme swimmer) who came as quickly as they could,” he says.

Diep River Police spokesperson Warrant officer Keith Chandler confirmed the incident. “The well-known swimmer was accosted in his security complex. It is alleged that three men cut a hole in the fence that leads from the Constantia Green belt onto the premises.

“Two of the suspects were armed with knives and the third suspect was armed with a firearm. No shots were fired and nobody was seriously injured. A case of house robbery was opened and being investigated,” says Chandler.

V Anyone with information can contact Detective Warrant Officer Steven Young at 021 710 7342

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