Grandmother attacks panga wielding suspect with saucepan in Phoenix

Photo: RUSA

Grandmother attacks panga wielding suspect with saucepan in Phoenix

A house robber got the surprise of his life when a 73-year-old grandmother attacked him with a saucepan during a home invasion on Wednesday.

Grandmother attacks panga wielding suspect with saucepan in Phoenix

Photo: RUSA

A housebreaking man armed with a panga fled the home of a 73-year-old grandmother after the woman attacked him with a saucepan.

According to Reaction Unit, South Africa (RUSA) spokesperson Prem Balram the elderly woman threw the saucepan at the man during the home invasion.

“Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) was called out to the home in Palmview, Phoenix at around 14:20 on Wednesday by the victim’s daughter who arrived as the suspect was fleeing the home.

“Reaction Officers searched the area for a male suspect without success.”

Balram said the man was described as slender and tall. He was wearing a blue shirt, blue jeans, and a grey beanie and was also seen carrying a blue nap sack.

“According to the victim, the suspect gained entry to the home as her nine-year-old granddaughter exited the property & locked the gate.

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“The man jumped over the fence and forcefully entered through a kitchen stable door. Upon entering the home, he found the grandmother seated in the bedroom. He produced a panga and demanded cash.”

He said when the woman screamed for assistance, the man grabbed her handbag and walked to the kitchen searching for valuables.

“The grandmother followed him, grabbed a heavy saucepan, and threw it at the suspect, who then grabbed an electric kettle and fled the home.”

The elderly woman was unharmed.

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Meanwhile, also on Wednesday a man was found with multiple gunshot wounds in his overturned bullet-riddled vehicle on the N2.


According to Netcare 911 spokesperson, Shawn Herbst paramedics responded to the incident at around 15:20 on Wednesday afternoon.

“Netcare 911 responded to a collision on the N2 South Bound near King Shaka International Airport in La Mercy North of Durban.”

He said on arrival, paramedics found an overturned car in the center of the freeway.

“On closer inspection, the vehicle was found to be riddled with bullet holes.”