You show him, girl! Mugging victim fights back in bag snatch to-and-fro
CCTV footage shows the plucky woman deliver swift comeuppance to the man who robbed her
A woman mugged at knifepoint turned the tables on her attacker and delivered some swift comeuppance – chasing him down on his motorcycle and stealing her handbag back in to-and-fro that neither will soon forget.
The woman, who spoke to Times Select on condition of anonymity, was accosted as she sat at the roadside in the leafy green avenues of Parkview, Johannesburg, at the weekend.
Video footage of the almost comedic exchange shows a motorcycle-riding mugger pilfer her bag before running back to his bike – only to be reeled in by the plucky woman who snatched the bag back from the bike’s storage box.
The woman, a writer, had been reading a book on the kerb while waiting for her sister to return home.
“I had been sitting there for about five minutes and I was reading when I noticed the man on the bike drive past me and then pass me again,” she said.
She said the man – wearing a helmet to hide his face – rushed into her field of vision with his fist clenched around a knife.
“I remember being in total shock. He shouted at me, demanding that I give him my phone, and while I had the inkling to stand up, I didn’t respond. That is when he came toward me and raised his fist with the knife,” she said.
Footage shows a fleeting pause, before the woman took off in pursuit of the mugger.
“I was working on adrenaline. It wasn’t a conscious decision and I started screaming and then ran at him and managed to retrieve my bag. I’m not sure that he knew in the moment that I had my bag back, but he certainly knows now,” she said.
Her screams alerted residents and she was ushered into a house to wait for her sister.“I got inside and had a whisky and didn’t think too much of it. I was just happy to retrieve my bag, which held my passport, my laptop and my wallet.”“I thought the footage was absolutely hilarious. I wanted my shit back and I made that happen. I am a writer and I just didn’t want to lose my laptop. Everything was replaceable, but I didn’t want to have to go through that. I would feel different if he had gotten away with it, then I would feel like a victim,” she added.The woman said crime was an unfortunate reality but she was happy to be an example of someone who refused to be a victim.