Baby, mom and dad held for two hours by gang
A gang of brazen robbers held a young couple and their baby hostage inside their Lorraine townhouse before trying to steal their car, but instead reversing the vehicle into a neighbour’s wall.
The incident was one of at least four robberies and burglaries in Port Elizabeth in just 24 hours.
A survey last year revealed that house robberies – where people are threatened and held hostage inside their homes – were among the top crimes feared by most South Africans.
Recent figures show that 722 house robberies – almost three a day – were committed between April last year and March this year in Nelson Mandela Bay alone.
At about 2am yesterday, the young couple and their five-month-old baby were held hostage for two hours inside their Marne Avenue, Lorraine, home by a gang of six robbers.
“They came into the house by taking out the window pane and climbing inside,” the 34-year-old father, who did not want to be named over fears for his safety, said. “I woke up and the guy was in the bedroom with a screwdriver to my neck.