At approximately 9am on 4 October, three men, two of them armed, rushed into Autopage in the shopping centre in Roodepoort, in the west of Johannesburg. They held a gun to an employee’s head, demanding cellphones.
An employee at the shop explained, “As I was about to switch on the second laptop, the men entered the shop. One of them jumped over the counter, pointing the firearm at me and demanding cellphones, while another grabbed some items. The third man stood inside the shop.”
The employee managed to press the panic button. The men panicked and fled off with a few items. On their way out, they came across the owner of Suidwes Biltong. When he realised what was happening, he grabbed one of the suspects and pushed him to the floor.
The owner said, “I usually greet the guys next to us and as I entered their shop, I saw fear on one of the employees’ faces and knew something was wrong. As the men ran out, I managed to grab one of them, without realising that they were armed. As I was about to jump on him, another came from behind and pointed the firearm at me. I turned and ran. I thought I was going to die and waited for the shot.”
No shots were fired and no one was injured. The men fled in a silver Opel Astra.
Roodepoort police and the Roodepoort Crime Scene Investigation Unit are investigating a case of business robbery.