Armed gang tar­gets Chi­nese man seen splash­ing cash

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Whins­ley Masara

A CHI­NESE man based in Bu­l­awayo al­legedly lost $10 000 to armed rob­bers who pounced on him at his house early yes­ter­day morn­ing.

The rob­bers al­legedly tied up his driver and force-marched the man into his bed­room, where they de­manded cash, few min­utes af­ter mid­night.

Sources close to the in­ci­dent said three rob­bers armed with knives at­tacked Mr Jian Zhong (26) soon af­ter ar­rival at his home in Hill­side sub­urb from the city cen­tre.

It is sus­pected the trio fol­lowed Mr Jian from a casino in the Cen­tral Busi­ness District where he had been ear­lier spot­ted flash­ing cash.

“He was flash­ing large sums of money at a casino in town. We sus­pect these rob­bers fol­lowed him from the casino to his house,” said the source.

When The Chron­i­cle news crew caught up with Mr Jian at his house yes­ter­day, he said he could not com­ment for se­cu­rity rea­sons.

“I’m not com­fort­able talk­ing to the me­dia. No cam­eras, sorry I can’t help,” he said.

The source said Mr Jian left the casino with his driver at around mid­night.

“When they ar­rived at the gate, Mr Jian got out of the car to open the gate. As he was open­ing the gate, a car sud­denly ap­peared, park­ing right be­hind their ve­hi­cle, block­ing the way.

“Three men dis­em­barked from the ve­hi­cle and one of them went straight to Mr Jian who was still open­ing the gate. The man held a knife to his ribs and or­dered him to move into the house while de­mand­ing cash,” said the source.

While one of the rob­bers was busy with Mr Jian, said the source, one of them con­fronted his driver and or­dered him to switch off the en­gine

“The driver com­plied and the other rob­ber brought a piece of wire which the two used to tie the driver’s hands,” said the source.

The source said one rob­ber re­mained guard­ing the driver while the other two rob­bers force-marched Mr Jian into his bed­room and threat­ened to stab him if he did not hand over the cash.

“Mr Jian opened a safe where he took out $10 000 and handed it over to the rob­bers.

“The rob­bers im­me­di­ately left the house, got into their ve­hi­cle and sped off,” the source said.

“Mr Jian woke up one of his maid’s sons and told him what had just hap­pened. The two went to the gate where the driver was still seated in the parked car and they un­tied him. Mr Jian re­ported the rob­bery at Ku­malo Po­lice Base. Bu­l­awayo po­lice spokesper­son In­spec­tor Pre­cious Si­mango could not be reached for com­ment.

Insp Si­mango is on record urg­ing in­di­vid­u­als and busi­ness peo­ple to avoid keep­ing large amounts of cash at their homes or busi­ness premises. — @win­nie_­masara.

The Hill­side sub­urb house in Bu­l­awayo where Mr Jian Zhong was robbed yestar­day morn­ing

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