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Boy (14) robbed of phone at gunpoint

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A 14-year-old Eersterust boy was badly bruised after an armed man robbed him of his cellphone on Tuesday afternoon.

The boy was walking home from school with a friend when the man grabbed him from behind and flung him to the ground.

His attacker pointed a firearm at his leg, grabbed the phone and ran off.

The incident happened around 14:50 on Abrams Avenue.

In CCTV video footage obtained by Rekord, the man could be seen walking past the learners, where he then turned around and grabbed the boy.

The learner ran straight home to tell his father what had happened.

“My son stormed through the door and he was terrified,” said the victim’s father, Richard Murray.

“‘Dad!’ he said, ‘I was just attacked and the man pointed a gun at me,’” said Murray.

The family obtained information that the man got into a tuk-tuk after he ran off.

“We were able to track down the driver of the tuk-tuk. The driver shared information about the suspect’s whereabouts.

“A few community members went out to the given address but as soon as we arrived, the suspect fled the scene,” he said.

The family opened a case of armed robbery on the day of the incident.

“My son has to go for counselling after this traumatic incident.

Murray said his son luckily didn’t sustain any serious injuries.

“Parents must take note of this type of incident. As hard as it is to believe, what happened to my son is a reality in our area,” he said.

Eersterust police spokesperson Sergeant Sam Shibambo confirmed the incident.

“We obtained information about the suspect’s address. The officers are on his trail and we hope to apprehend him soon,” said Shibambo.

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