Attacked By Bagsnatcher

I was walking home from Spar. Another pedestrian said hello to me & when I said hello back he said "give me that" and made a grab for my handbag.

I held on tight as he tried to pull it away. I put up a big fight. He had a pair of scissors and started cutting the straps off. I had my fingers through the metal strap rings, so he still couldn't get it. He then started slashing at the bag to try and cut it open. I got dragged around in the struggle.

My sunglasses fell off and broke, a shoe came off, I got cuts and grazes all over my face and hands and legs and 2  chunks were gouged out, of my knee and ankle. In between cutting the bag he kept hitting my hands and swearing.I was screaming through it all. Just as he was about to win, 2 cars came around the bend and stopped. A woman hooted but he continued slashing.

Then a man got out and ran to help me. This finally made the mugger give up and run away. I realize how lucky I am that he didn't slash me. My bag was totally destroyed and I was in a lot of pain for a month.But I was one of the lucky ones,thanks to my rescuers.

The woman gave me a lift home.I'm now too scared to walk there and if I have to go to Spar I take a taxi, the another one to town just so I can take another one back to Humewood. One finger is still swollen and bent, 14 weeks later.

Report ID: 433
Crime Category: Mugging
Province: Eastern Cape
Suburb: Humewood
Address: Intersection of Beach Rd & Strandfontein Rd
Crime Date/Time: 2 May 2010, 00:05 AM
Reported By: Username433
Reported Date: 18 Jul 2010, 21:07 PM
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  • Johann16 26 Oct 2011, 07:52 PM

    It was stupid of you to fight him. Your purse is not worth your life!

  • Unknown 19 Jul 2010, 11:40 AM

    WOW, yeah you are lucky he did not slash you!

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