Armed robbers hold Westville resident hostage, ransack home

Armed robbers held a Rockdale Avenue resident hostage at his homethis morning. PHOTO: Blue Security TV

A WESTVILLE resident was injured during a scuffle with armed robbers who hit him over the head with a firearm and held him hostage at his home in Rockdale Avenue on Tuesday morning.

Blue Security community and media liaison officer, Andreas Mathios, said the resident was outside hanging up washing to dry when three armed men accosted him and held him at gunpoint.

“A scuffle broke out and one of the robbers hit the resident on his head with a firearm. They then took the resident into the house where they ransacked it, grabbing laptops, a television and cash, before fleeing the scene,” said Mathios.

He added that the resident declined emergency medical care and opted to go privately to see a doctor. Westville SAPS attended the crime scene.

ALSO READ: Balaclava-clad gang hits three Westville homes in 45 minutes

In a separate incident yesterday, an armed robber held up staff in broad daylight at a Westville business in Lincoln Terrace.

Mathios said the robber walked into the business pushing a trolley at around 12.40pm before accosting one of the staff members.

“He asked the staff member to take him to view products at the back of the shop, and as they walked there he grabbed her by the neck and pulled her into a stockroom. He pulled out a firearm and ordered the staff to lie on the ground before robbing them of their bank cards,” he said.

He added that the robber opened the safe and tills and fled with R2 000 in cash.

Westville SAPS attended the scene of the crime.

ALSO READ: Nine dead, two under police guard after shoot-out on N3

Westville homes have been targeted by armed robbers in recent weeks, with a Protea Place resident surviving a hail of bullets as armed robbers opened fire on him, and a balaclava-clad gang hitting three homes in the space of 45 minutes.



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