National 22.9.2016 08:00 pm

East Rand woman jumps out of vehicle to flee from kidnappers

Jodi van Heerden is safe after her assault and kidnappings ordeal on Thursday afternoon. Picture: Springs Advertiser.

Jodi van Heerden is safe after her assault and kidnappings ordeal on Thursday afternoon. Picture: Springs Advertiser.

It is believed that the suspects followed the 19-year-old from the bank to her Selection Park home where they assaulted her, ransacked the house and then forced her into their SUV.

A 19-year-old Selection Park woman dramatically escaped from her kidnappers on this afternoon, September 22, reports the Springs Advertiser.

Jodi van Heerden jumped from a black SUV travelling in Wit Road, towards Lodeyko after she was assaulted and kidnapped from her house in Grace Avenue, Selection Park on the East Rand.

Van Heerden returned home at 11am after visiting a bank in Selcourt to transfer money when she was surprised by her kidnappers.

Her father Barend van Heerden said when she arrived home, a black SUV with tinted windows followed her onto the premises.

“The suspects pushed her into the house and into her bedroom where she was assaulted and pushed into her cupboard,” said Barend.

He believed the suspects followed his daughter home from the bank.

Jodi managed to call her sister and allegedly screamed for help.

Barend said his daughter was taken from the house, pushed into the SUV and the suspects drove off with her towards Wit Road.

“She jumped from the vehicle, ran across an open field and into a day care centre, where she collapsed,” he said.

A woman from the centre called Barend to inform him that his daughter was safe.

“We are relieved that she is safe, but my daughter is severely traumatised,” he said.

Barend said she was due to go on an overseas trip next week, but they don’t know yet what is going to happen.

Ekurhuleni Metro police officer Louis Els and the police were still at the scene at 6pm. Barend said he is grateful to Barries Barnard and the members from Hi5Kids Recovery Unit for their support and he is proud of the police and Ekurhuleni Metro police for their quick response.

Barnard said the house was ransacked and the suspects stole Jodi’s purse, tablet and a laptop.

Caxton News Service

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