Paul Pindani in Chinhoyi
A Harare motorist, who recently offered four men transport on his way to Kwekwe, was robbed of his vehicle by the quartet he assisted.
The incident happened on Saturday around 8:45pm.
Mashonaland West provincial police spokesperson Inspector Magret Chitove confirmed the mishap.
She told Metro that Tromphimus Bwanakaya,23 of Southerton, Harare was driving from Harare to Kwekwe when he picked up four men who pretended to be going to Kwekwe at the Harare Showgrounds.
Chitove said upon reaching the 15 km-peg, one of the suspects who was seated on the front seat indicated that he had arrived at his destination and Bwanakaya pulled off the road.
She said the other who occupied the back seat grabbed Bwanakaya from behind, placed a knife at his throat and threatened to kill him if he resisted.
“He tied his hands and legs using a cloth which they found in the car and placed him in the boot.
“One of the suspects got into the driver’s seat and drove back towards Harare,” she said.
She said they avoided Norton tollgate by turning into a dust road where they dumped him in a bushy area and drove off towards Harare.
Bwanakaya lost an X-ray machine, cellphone, US$70 and 2000RTGS.
Chitove said investigations are still in progress.
She urged motorists not to ferry passengers as they might fall to prey to armed robbers.