Civilians foil highway robbery

11 August 2017 | Crime

A family of four German tourists survived an attempted hijacking on the Western Bypass yesterday at noon.

According to the father of the family, who spoke on condition of anonymity, the hijackers overtook their car while trying to alert them to an alleged problem underneath the car.

“When I stopped the car all three got out and one took me to the back of the car where the so-called problem was, when I bent down to closely inspect it he grabbed the moonbag with all our passports and money in,” said the distraught man.

He then started chasing the suspect, who ran into the nearby veld and returned to the main road. He sustained minor injuries to his face during a scuffle with the robber.

“I stopped and yelled at him, when he got on the main road an approaching car and bus blocked him which made him stumble so I could grab my bag. Four onlookers then arrested him,” the man said.

The family of four had just landed in Namibia and were en route to Etosha National Park in their rented double-cab bakkie.

The tourist said the incident would not cut their Namibian holiday short.

“We obviously do not feel that safe anymore, but it could have happened in Italy or any other place. We are just very lucky that the police responded so quickly,” he said.Citizen's arrest

The bus driver was armed and fired two warning shots.

Two of the three robbers fled in their vehicle, leaving behind their accomplice who was held at gunpoint by the bus driver until the police arrived.

The robbers fled with the rented bakkie's keys.

JEMIMA BEUKES

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