Woman escapes near abduction

Four men robbed and tried to abduct a 22-year-old woman in Lawrence Road, Athlone, on Saturday September 9, say police.

The woman and a friend were walking to a shop in Kromboom Road, at 1pm, when a man talking on his cellphone approached from behind, grabbed her and tried to shove her into a grey VW Polo with three other men inside, according to Athlone police spokesman Sergeant Zita Norman.

The woman fought him off and forced her way out of the car, injuring her right knee. The men sped off down Kromboom Road with the woman’s Samsung J6 cellphone.

People should stay alert when walking in public and approach the nearest home for help if they felt threatened, said Sergeant Norman.

Anyone with information can call Athlone police at 021 697 9238/39.