Pregnant woman taken from Greenacres at gunpoint
A PREGNANT Port Elizabeth woman has told of her terrifying ordeal at the hands of a hijacker who she was convinced was going to kill her after she was held at gunpoint and abducted from the Greenacres shopping centre’s secure undercover car park in broad daylight.
The distraught woman – who is still in shock and has declined to be identified out of fear for her safety – is almost three months’ pregnant with twins and has spoken out to warn others.
Although police have described the abduction, in which the woman was forced to withdraw money from an ATM and told by the gunman she was going to be “dumped somewhere”, as an isolated incident, recent statistics show more than half of the almost 800 hijackings in the Eastern Cape in one year occurred in Nelson Mandela Bay.
The woman was admitted to hospital and treated for shock after the hijacking, which occurred on Friday.
Police, however, only released details of the incident yesterday.
“I parked my car on the second floor of the secure undercover parking at about 1.45pm,” the woman said.
“The next thing, there was a guy at my door with a gun. He pushed me over to the passenger seat and told me he would shoot me if I did anything stupid.
“I was crying and told him I was pregnant. I told him to take the car and my handbag. I also said he could have the [bank card] pin codes and that I just wanted to go. I was very scared and he told me to calm down and said he would not shoot or rape me. All he wanted was money.”
The woman, who was still clearly upset, said the car alarm went off but no security guards came to investigate. “When the alarm went off, he [the hijacker] panicked but, fortunately, we managed to turn the alarm off before he completely escalated.
“I told him I would go into the centre and draw money for him, but he declined and locked my door,” she said.
“He told me to put my seatbelt on and gave me his sunglasses to wear so no one could see I was crying or identify me.”
The man drove to the Sasol petrol station in Stanford Road where he withdrew R2 000 from the ATM.
“He was very cautious. He rode through the petrol station first to make sure it was safe before parking,” the woman said.
“He left me in the car and said that if I tried to jump out or do anything stupid, he would shoot me.” The hijacker eventually stopped the car in Peddie Road, Korsten, where he demanded any other valuables.
“He did not want the car, just money and valuables,” she said.
“I thought he was going to kill me when he stopped the car as he told me he wanted to dump me somewhere.
“When the car stopped, I thought that was it. He then asked for jewellery and anything valuable.
“I have a ring that is a sentimental family heirloom which I told him meant a lot to me and he said I could keep it.
“Before running off, he wiped down the inside of the car for fingerprints and then my cellphone. He then gave my cellphone back and ran towards the taxi rank.
“This was one of the scariest moments of my life.”
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