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Good Samaritan loses vehicle in highway robbery drama


A motorist who played Good Samaritan and assisted five “stranded” passengers from Harare to Mutare lost his Nissan Presage vehicle and other valuables at gunpoint along the way as it turned out two of the “passengers” were in fact, armed robbers.

The robbery took place at the 190km peg along Harare-Mutare Road around the Nyazura area last Thursday at around 11pm.

Police confirmed the robbery saying the man lost property and cash amounting to $9 206.

Manicaland police spokesperson Inspector Leonard Chabata said Solomon Nyahangare (39) offered transport to five men from Harare to Mutare on that fateful day.

Allegations are that as the six men drove into Nyazura, one of the suspects asked to relieve himself and the driver pulled off the road.

Instead of relieving himself the suspect reportedly withdrew a pistol from his trousers and pointed it to the driver, ordering him to disembark.

In no time, one of the suspects sitting in the back seat pulled the driver and threatened to kill him or any of the other three passengers should they raise the alarm.

The robbers then took control of the vehicle and drove into a dust road that led to Dagbrek Farm, where they ordered all occupants to disembark.

“They tied them all with a rope around a tree before driving off in the vehicle with $856, four mobile phones, a toolbox and a fuel pump,” said Chabata.

The four later managed to free themselves and proceeded to file a report at Nyazura Police Station.

Police have urged motorists to avoid giving transport to strangers, especially at night.

Passengers have also been urged to use public transport, particularly this festive season.

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