Hijackers put mom and son (5) in boot

A woman and her son were forced into the boot of her car by hijackers, on Tuesday.

Springs police spokesman Capt Johannes Ramphora says the woman (age unknown) and her five-year-old son were abducted outside their home in Bafana Bafana Street, Payneville, at 6pm.

The mother, her daughter (16) and son had arrived home from KwaThema when they were surprised by three suspects.

Ramphora says the daughter got out of the car to open the gate and garage door.

“As she turned around she witnessed two suspects pulling her mother from the car and putting her in the back seat,” he says.

The third accomplice was already in the back of the car.

“Out of pure desperation to try and protect her mother and brother, the teenager threw a stone at the suspects,” says Ramphora.

However, the suspects allegedly threatened her with some form of weapon, which she couldn’t identify as it was too dark.

The suspects drove off with the mother and son.

The teenager couldn’t tell the police which direction they went as she was hiding from them at the time.

Ramphora says with the assistance of a vehicle tracking company and the Putfontein police, they found the abandoned vehicle.

The distressed woman and child were discovered in the boot of her car in Putfontein, four hours after they were kidnapped.

“They were not hurt, but the three are traumatised,” says Ramphora.

Police are investigating a case of hijacking and kidnapping.

Anna Robertson

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