Pedestrian saves stranded motorist beaten with brick on side of road

2016-01-19 08:37
Kevin Jacobs (Supplied to News24)

Kevin Jacobs (Supplied to News24)

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Cape Town - A pedestrian making his way to the train station in the early hours of Monday morning became an unexpected hero when he chased off two robbers attacking a stranded motorist on Prince George Drive near Plumstead in Cape Town.

Kevin Jacobs had been making his way to Southfield train station when he saw the duo assaulting a man metres from his car at about 04:25.

The assailants were trying to strip the man of his clothes after beating him over the head with a brick.

Jacobs, 44, ran towards the scene, forcing the duo to flee.

The extent of the motorist’s injuries shocked him, he told News24. “He kept telling me he wanted to see his wife and daughters before he dies,” Jacobs recalled.

“I tried to keep him positive, telling him that he would make it through.”

He phoned the local neighbourhood watch to report the matter and tried to flag down cars to help get the man emergency treatment.

'No one stopped'

“But no one stopped. It was so sad to see everyone drive past without even considering helping. I know there are conmen and scamsters who fake such things to get easy targets, but this man was seriously injured. It was sad.”

Jacobs, a security and facility manager, said the man had no cellphone or wallet with him when he arrived at the scene. The incident took place a few kilometres from the motorist’s Grassy Park home.

“They had attempted to undress him. One of his takkies was gone and another was lying in the road. I suspect they may have taken some other things from his car.”

The man is believed to be recovering at a hospital.

Police spokesperson, Captain FC Van Wyk, confirmed the incident. “Whilst the motorist was waiting in his vehicle [for vehicle assistance] he was approached by unidentified suspects who attacked and assaulted him and also took some personal belongings.

“The motorist was taken to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.”

Jacobs said the stretch between the end of the M5 and the Klip Road Cemetery was a well known crime hotspot.

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