CRIME ‘Ididn’tcry,orit would get worse’

Woman tells of fright­en­ing or­deal when kid­napped by three armed men

Saturday Star - - METRO - TANYA WATERWORTH [email protected]

“I TOLD them if they are go­ing to kill me, do it one time.”

That was Dur­ban res­i­dent Marta Ru­bi­lar, who was ab­ducted by hi­jack­ers out­side her work in Pow­ell Road, Morn­ing­side, early yesterday morn­ing.

News of her ab­duc­tion at about 7.40am in the side lane off Um­geni Road spread quickly across What­sapp groups.

This was in­ten­si­fied when a video clip of her ab­duc­tion by three armed men was re­leased on so­cial me­dia.

In the clip, Ru­bi­lar is seen park­ing and get­ting out of her Polo, while the men emerge from an­other Polo parked slightly in front of her on the road.

They grab Ru­bi­lar and bun­dle her into her ve­hi­cle. One of the as­sailants pushes her in and jumps into the back af­ter her, while an­other gets into the driver’s seat, and the third gets back into their ve­hi­cle, car­ry­ing her hand­bag.

The two ve­hi­cles leave the scene with the back door of the hi­jacked ve­hi­cle still slightly open.

Speak­ing yesterday af­ter she had safely re­turned to work, Ru­bi­lar shared the de­tails of the hi­jack­ing and her kid­nap­ping.

“They came to­wards me and took my keys and my bag. I saw the gun point­ing at me, I couldn’t see any­thing else. They pushed me into my car and one per­son pushed my head down and cov­ered my face. He kept his hand on my head, hold­ing it down.

“I knew I had to stay calm. I didn’t cry or it would just get worse.

“They said I had to fol­low in­struc­tions and they wanted my PIN num­ber or they would kill me. I told them if they were go­ing to kill me, do it one time.

“But they didn’t hurt me at all. The per­son sit­ting next to me treated me well. We drove around for a while and we stopped a cou­ple of times,” said Ru­bi­lar.

With her head held down, Ru­bi­lar said she had no idea where she was.

“They stopped the car and told me to get out fast. I asked them if they were not go­ing to kill me could they please give me back my pa­pers, read­ing glasses and my house keys, which they did.

“When I got out of the car, I still didn’t know where I was, but there were some small houses around.

“I tried flag­ging down a few cars and then a cou­ple stopped. They took me to the po­lice sta­tion, I don’t even re­mem­ber their names, but I’d like to say a big thank you to them.”

Her col­leagues were full of smiles when she was found.

One of the staff had been sit­ting on a wall as the hi­jack­ing un­folded and saw one of the armed men go across the road.

“I had seen Marta get­ting out of her car and when I saw the man car­ry­ing a gun go­ing to­wards her I ran in­side, shout­ing, to raise the alarm.”

Po­lice and se­cu­rity com­pa­nies were alerted by her col­leagues, who gath­ered in a cir­cle and prayed for her safe re­turn.

Mar­shall Se­cu­rity spokesper­son Kyle van Ree­nen con­firmed later yesterday

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