Mo­tor­cy­clist foils smash-and-grab

Inner City Gazette - - News - By Staff Re­porter news@in­ner-city-gazette.co.za

An­ton Damhuis doesn’t con­sider him­self a hero even though he put his own life in dan­ger to foil a smash and grab at­tempt.

“I would do it again if I was put in the sit­u­a­tion,” he re­vealed.

The 48-year-old was mak­ing his way home from work, when his usual com­mute through Alexan­dra, north of Jo­han­nes­burg, was in­ter­rupted.

From the cor­ner of his eye he saw a man in a re­flec­tive vest on foot weav­ing through the traf­fic.

“At first I thought the man [in the re­flec­tive vest] was try­ing to get a lift with a car in front of me.”

But when a tug-of-war en­sued be­tween the man in the re­flec­tive vest and the driver of the ve­hi­cle in front of him, Damhuis re­alised some­thing was amiss.

The man was try­ing to steal a lap­top that was on the pas­sen­ger seat.

“I de­cided to in­ter­vene by pin­ning the man [in the re­flec­tive vest] down with my mo­tor­bike.”

When the as­sailant tried to es­cape, Damhuis chased him down.

The pur­suit con­tin­ued un­til the would-be thief dropped the lap­top and ran away. Just think it’s wrong that peo­ple get away with this type of stuff.”

Damhuis didn’t sus­tain any in­juries, how­ever, the stop light and in­di­ca­tor of his mo­tor­bike were dam­aged.

“Just think it’s wrong that peo­ple get away with this type of stuff.”

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