British model Sarah MacDonnell was reportedly tied up by a “machete-wielding gang” while she and her pals were staying a “luxury villa” in Cape Town.
The story originates from the Daily Mail – but local police confirmed the incident to News24.
“This office can confirm that the circumstances surrounding an armed robbery perpetrated at a residence in Hunters Way Hout Bay on 19 October 2017 are being investigated,” said police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut.
Traut denied to confirm the identity of the victims and said that no arrests had been made yet.
She and her mates were staying at a “luxury villa” called Maison Noir, located in Hout Bay. The 39-year-old was in Cape Town for a photo shoot for her London yoga company Manuka Life.
According to the report, her boyfriend stepped outside for a cigarette when “three men wearing balaclavas grabbed him from behind, threatened him with machetes and a screwdriver and forced him inside the villa”.
Apparently, her bae was tied up with an iPhone cord and she was then asked by one of the “gang” members where the valuables were. MacDonnell, along with four other employees who did not wish to be named, were also tied up.
The Daily Mail reports:
The gang then began to “argue amongst themselves” about whether or not they were going to leave, and one of them took off his balaclava.
“That’s when it got really scary because you think you’re going to get murdered – or worse”.
We’re not sure what could be worse than actually being murdered, but let’s not make light of a serious situation.
The “gang” eventually left with cash, cameras, laptops and phones – amounting to approximately £80 000 (about R1.4m) worth of goods.
The manager of the villa has not commented on the matter either, but according to the report, MacDonnell said the manager told her he felt so safe at the property, he “doesn’t even lock his door”.
Residential burglaries has seen a huge increase in South Africa recently, according to the latest crime stats. Hout Bay, however, has seen a slight decrease with 48 cases reported in the previous financial year. Nationally, the offence is at a ten-year high.