A first year Wits student, who was mugged at gunpoint, was the latest victim in a series of iPhone robberies.
Ryan Deacon (18) was waiting to be picked up after class along Enoch Sontonga avenue when he was approached by a person he described as an Indian man, with a gold tooth in tattered clothing.
The man asked him for money for a homeless shelter, to which Deacon declined and the man left. Seconds later another man approached him, aggressively asking: “Did you see the Indian man?”
Deacon answered “yes”. The second man then forced the student’s hand against his stomach, where Deacon felt the handle of a gun tucked under his belt.
Deacon believes the first man was used to scout for something worth stealing as he was much smaller in stature.
The second man, described as being a coloured male in his early 30’s with no front teeth, instructed Deacon to run in the other direction towards the bridge over the De Villiers Graaff Motorway, otherwise he would shoot. Fearing for his life, Deacon did as told and the man got away with the phone.
Another Witsie reported almost being robbed by someone with a similar description as the Indian man.
Refilwe Molatlhiwa (@Fifi_Mo) tweeted on Wednesday: “A guy with a gold tooth just tried conning me of my phone. On campus. By Chamber of mines. Where is campus control?”
Robert Kemp, head of Campus Control, said three similar mugging incidents have been reported along Enoch Sontonga Avenue from two Wits students and one UJ student. In some incidents a knife was used to threaten students and in others the suspect indicated he had a gun.
In all cases, the students were robbed of their cell phones. None of the students were injured.
“It is probable that the criminals are hiding in the Braamfontein Cemetery or the nearby squatter camp. Students are advised to be alert along Enoch Sontonga avenue and avoid the area if possible,” said Kemp.
Kemp said that Campus Control is currently arranging to extend their Jorissen street patrol to cover the Enoch Sontonga gate area.