Suspects target paramedic at shopping centre

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An ER24 paramedic was held against his will last night when two men attempted to steal his personal belongings at a local shopping centre in Paarl. 

One of the paramedics explained that he was waiting inside of the ambulance while his colleague went into the shop to purchase food. 

Moments after his colleague left the vehicle, two men pulled open the ambulance door and told the paramedic that they were armed, and demanded money.

One of the suspects went around the ambulance and opened the other door to go through the medics’ personal belongings.

Once they could not find anything worthwhile to steal, the duo demanded that the paramedic go into one of the shops with them to withdraw money and buy items. 

They went to the shop, but the paramedic was unable to withdraw cash. 

While the two suspects were still with the paramedic, an off duty Metro Ambulance medic recognised the ER24 medic and enquired if everything was alright. The suspects then fled the scene without anything.

The incident was reported to the police. 

Officers went to the shopping centre to investigate. Upon their arrival, the police officers found one of the suspects and placed him under arrest. 

The second suspect managed to get away. A case has been registered at the Paarl East police station.