Home invasion, two sisters bound and gagged, Everest heights, Verulam

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Home invasion, two sisters bound and gagged, Everest heights, Verulam
Home invasion, two sisters bound and gagged, Everest heights, Verulam

Two sisters were bound and gagged by a male and female suspect during a house robbery at their home on Olivine Road in Everest Heights, Verulam on 31 August 2018.

Reaction Unit South Africa received a call from a member of public requesting assistance after he heard the women screaming for help. Several Reaction Officers were dispatched to the home and upon arrival entered the property and heard the women screaming from a bedroom at the back of the house.

Officers found the house locked and broke the front door to gain entry. A door leading to one of the bedrooms was also broken to free the victims.

The sisters aged 49 and 40 years old informed Reaction Officers that while preparing supper they noticed that a man and a woman had entered their home through the front door which was unlocked. The female suspect drew a firearm while her accomplice threatened the victim’s with a knife. The suspects tied the victims hands with ropes and a t shirt. They then forced them into each bedroom and demanded valuables from the two while ransacking the home.

The suspects stole a laptop, four cellphones and an undisclosed amount of cash before they gagged the victims and locked them in one of the bedrooms. They then locked the front door and fled the property with keys to the home and a Daihatsu Charade.

The older sister who is an educator at a school in Durban informed Officers that they managed to remove their restraints and started screaming for help.

According to the victims both suspects spoke in fluent English and Isizulu. The female suspect repeatedly threatened to shoot the siblings if they did not comply with their instructions. They were forced to disclose the pin codes for their bank cards. As the suspects were about to exit the home they warned the victims that if the pin codes were wrong they would return and shoot them.

The victims were not injured during the robbery. Reaction Officers conducted a search for the suspects however no arrests were made.

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