Brave hero fights off gran’s robbers
MOMENTS after a Phoenix grandmother of six screamed out for Jesus to save her from the grip of a knife-wielding robber, her good Samaritan neighbour bravely fought off the suspects.
The 47-year-old businessman, who declined to be named, sustained minor injuries after one of the men lunged at him with a knife and his accomplice grabbed him from behind.
During the scuffle that broke out, the father of three managed to draw his firearm and shoot one of the suspects.
“It was my duty to help,” said the neighbour, of Quailpalm Road.
“I was only doing what a neighbour would do. We live in a community where crime is surging and we need to be more vigilant. Neighbours need to stand together.”
Speaking about the incident, he said: “I heard her scream and thought something had happened to her husband, who had a heart condition. I walked out of my home and approached her driveway gate, which was unlocked and open.
“While walking up the driveway, I saw a man emerge from the house with a knife held against my neighbour’s neck. When he spotted me, he came charging towards me and tried to stab me.
“All I remember is pulling out my gun as another man grabbed me from behind. I fired a shot and it struck one of them before they ran out of the yard.”
The traumatised 65-year-old homeowner, who did not want to be named, said she was outside when she saw two men at her gate. “When I asked them what they wanted, they just opened the gate and ran towards me. I started screaming for Jesus to save me.”
One of the men placed a knife at her throat and began pushing her towards her home.
His accomplice, she said, headed for her tenant’s house. Who also escaped injury.
“The one that had me kept saying ‘I want the money’ while rummaging through the drawers in the lounge. I told him I did not have money, only jewellery, and that he could take it. But he only wanted money.”
She was forced to move from room to room.
“While at the front door, I saw my neighbour in the yard and that’s when they tried to attack him.”
The woman said she was grateful that he put his life on the line to save her.
“He did not know the situation but came to my rescue.”
A case of house robbery is being investigated.
The brave man who came to the rescue of a neighbour after hearing screams for help.