Woman fights off gang trying to steal her cellphone

Police warn the public to be vigilant

Police spokesperson Captain Ezra October.

Cape Town Central police warned the public to be vigilant and to keep valuables out of sight when in public.

This after a woman was assaulted on Saturday October 17, in front of Bob’s Bar in Long Street as two men and a woman tried to grab her cellphone.

Police spokesperson Captain Ezra October said the woman managed to fight them off with the help of Central City Improvement District (CCID) security guards on Saturday, at 11:20pm.

The CCID security apprehended the three suspects and handed them over to police.

The woman sustained injuries to her left eye and her cellphone was damaged.

Captain October said residents and visitors should stay alert. “Walk with confidence and don’t use your cellphone while on the move. Don’t walk in deserted or dark areas, and watch out for sudden activity or commotion: it may be a distraction technique.

“Don’t use headphones on the street- they may distract you, and avoid visibility of valuables such as jewellery, cameras, laptops and tablets,” he said.

  • On Friday October 16 at the Station Deck, a man was arrested for being in possession of an Okapi knife.

Captain October said a security officer on duty at the station deck saw two men blocking the stair case, and told them not to cause an obstruction. They refused to move, and one of the men took out a knife tried to stab the security officer, who used a plastic chair to defend himself.

“The officer requested backup and with the assistance of three colleagues, they managed to apprehend the man.”

  • On Friday October 16 at the Station Deck, a man was arrested for being in possession of an Okapi knife.

The women had allegedly stole 75 backpacks, five jackets and four school bags to the estimated value of R7 000.

In another incident, two men, aged 29 and 32, were arrested after a man and woman were robbed at gunpoint on Loop Street, towards Church Street on Sunday October 18.

It was found the men were wanted for a theft out of motor vehicle which occurred in October 2018, in Kloof Street, Tamboerskloof.

This time, the suspects robbed the victim of a watch and bag with his Nikon camera, three lenses and a cellphone.

  • On Friday October 16 at the Station Deck, a man was arrested for being in possession of an Okapi knife.