An ER24 paramedic was held against his will last night when two men attempted to steal personal belongings as well as cash from him.
The incident occurred when two on-duty paramedics from ER24 stopped at a local shopping centre in Paarl shortly after 7 pm on Tuesday night.
One of the paramedic was waiting inside the ambulance while his colleague went into the shop to purchase food, when two men pulled open the ambulance door and told the paramedic that they were armed and demanded money.
One of the suspects went around the ambulance and opened the other door to go through the medics’ personal belongings.
The paramedic explained that the two suspects could not find anything worthwhile to steal and demanded that he (the paramedic) go into one of the shops with them to withdraw money and buy items.
A statement released by Arrive Alive on the incident said:
“While the two suspects were still with the paramedics, an off-duty Metro Ambulance medic recognised the ER24 medic and enquired if everything was alright. The suspects then fled the scene without anything.”
The two ER24 paramedics reported the incident at the Paarl East police station, and some of the station officers requested that the paramedics follow them to the shopping centre. Upon their arrival, the police officers found one of the suspects and arrested him immediately.
The second suspect is still at large, but is reportedly known to the police. A case was registered at the Paarl East police station.