- A quick thinking father was able to prevent a kidnapping
- He was metres away from his son as an unknown man began to lead him away
- The father was able to pull the man away from his son who then ran away
A potential kidnapping attempt in a parking lot in Overport, Durban. was thwarted by a courageous father. The incident took place on the 24th of February and had left the child traumatised.
Niles Brijlal said that his wife was walking their sons to the centre while he followed a few meteres behind.
Briefly.co.za learned that a man appeared and walked up to his son, put his hands on his shoulders and began to lead the boy away. The stranger did not know that Brijlal was the boy's dad according to the bereamail.co.za.
“He didn’t know I was following behind. I screamed and ran after him and tried to pull my son out of his hands. The man obviously didn’t realise I was his father. I managed to free his hands, but he grabbed him again. He just stood there, holding my son,” said Brijlal.
The man kept his grip on the boy as the father shouted for the carguard to get help, all the while the boy screamed in terror.
Brijlal managed to pry the man from his son, he said that he didn't think he just acted on instinct. When the boy was pulled from his grasp the stranger ran away.
The courageous dad pursued the attacked and caught him hiding behind nearby cars. Some community members came to Brijlal's aid and detained the man.
Security officers eventually arrived and cuffed the man. Upon searching the would-be attacker no car keys were found on him.
Brijal was shaken by the experience saying that he did not understand why the man fought so hard for his son and did not run away when he was immediately challenged.
“This is a traumatic case, it is very sad. My son was brave but I can see it is affecting him, he is playing up and doesn’t want to be alone. I will be taking him to a counsellor,” he said.
A case has been opened at the Berea SAPS and Brijlal said that he would follow up on the investigation.
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