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Knife-wielding robber stunned by student

Published May 13, 2010


By Lavern de Vries and Kowthar Solomons

Staff Reporters

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A knife-wielding robber got more than he bargained for when he was attacked with a stun gun and immobilised by a student he had robbed.

The robber gained access to the women's hostel at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology Bellville campus yesterday, allegedly using a stolen student card.

He entered the room of Laurenique Cloete, who was studying for a chemical engineering exam. "He came in the room and threw me on the floor. He told me he would kill me if I made a sound and took one of my socks and stuffed it in my mouth," Cloete said.

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"Then he asked me if I was a virgin and told me to pull down my pants and lay on the bed. I was so scared I started crying and he said he was joking before he threw me into the cupboard."

The robber took two cellphones and a laptop before fleeing.

But the 21-year-old student from Upington kicked her way free and set off after the robber with her stun gun.

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"I wasn't even thinking. I just grabbed the Taser my mom gave me, ran around the corner and saw him at the gate of the hostel," she said.

"I just went for it and shocked him over and over until I was completely sure he would not get up again."

Campus security held the suspect until police arrived. Provincial police spokesman Colonel Andre Traut said police were investigating the incident.

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