Police warn of subway mugging risk

A man was mugged at the Eureka Road subway in Rosebank.

Rondebosch police are warning the public to take special care when entering a subway alone after two men were mugged in separate cases.

A 23-year-old man was mugged as he approached the Rondebosch station subway on Sunday, at about 4pm.

Police say the mugger emerged from the subway and demanded his phone.

“The victim took out the phone from his pocket and gave it to him. The suspect just walked off,” said Rondebosch police spokesman Warrant Officer Lyndon Sisam.

On Monday, at about 6.30am, a 24-year-old was man walking towards Eureka Road subway in Rosebank when he noticed a man standing next to the subway.

“The suspect pulled up his T-shirt when the victim was close to him, and the victim saw a knife and looked back to see if he could run but saw another guy standing not far from the subway,” said Warrant Officer Sisam.

The two muggers took the man’s Samsung cellphone and ran off.

“The suspects in both cases were well dressed with backpacks, blending in like students,” said Warrant Officer Sisam.

Anyone with information can call Rondebosch police at 021 685 7345.

• On Wednesday October 20, at about 11am, a university student was walking down the Liesbeeck trail when she noticed a man sitting on a bench on the side of the river.

“A few minutes later, she walked past the suspect. The guy then followed her and attempted to rob her by stabbing her with a pen,” said Warrant Officer Sisam.

Security officers from the Groote Schuur Community Improvement District responded to the woman’s screams for help, and members of the public apprehended a 25-year-old suspect and handed him over to the police.

The man was arrested on an attempted robbery charge.