Ac­tor re­cov­er­ing af­ter hi­jack­ing or­deal

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - ILANIT CHERNICK

A RHYTHM CITY ac­tor, Jamie Bartlett, is said to be “cop­ing” af­ter be­ing the vic­tim of a har­row­ing hi­jack­ing and rob­bery or­deal in Brix­ton, Joburg, on Fri­day night.

A source close to the SA’s Got Tal­ent judge said it hadn’t been an easy few days for him, but that Bartlett was do­ing okay.

“It has been a trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ence for him and it hasn’t been easy, but he’s cop­ing. He’s deal­ing with it in the best way he can,” the source said.

Gaut­eng po­lice spokesper­son Cap­tain Kay Makhubele said the in­ci­dent hap­pened while Bartlett was wait­ing at a red traf­fic light.

“The men pointed a gun at him and got into his Mercedes-Benz ve­hi­cle, where they as­saulted him.

“They held Bartlett at gun­point and at one stage stuffed him into the boot of his ve­hi­cle while they drove around with him for some time,” he said.

Makhubele added that he was then hit in the face by the thugs be­fore be­ing thrown out of the car and into the veld in Zonk’iZizwe near Katle­hong.

“Af­ter be­ing hit in the face, he was un­sure of where he was and waited un­til it was morn­ing, when he was able to get help and call the po­lice from a nearby house.

“He was robbed of his ve­hi­cle, cell­phone, a shoul­der bag and two gold rings – all val­ued at about R1.2 mil­lion,” Makhubele said.

He added that no ar­rests had been made but a man­hunt was un­der way for the three rob­bers in­volved in Bartlett’s har­row­ing or­deal.

A case of armed rob­bery and hi­jack­ing is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

Af­ter be­ing hit in the face he was thrown out the car

LOCKED IN BOOT: Jamie Bartlett

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