Chipinge (New Ziana) – A Chipinge family was robbed of cash and other valuables amounting to over US$9 000 by a gang of armed robbers who pounced at their home in the night, police said on Tuesday.
Manicaland province deputy police spokesperson, Wiseman Chinyoka said the suspected robbers were still on the run.
He said the family, made up of Percy Mariya (24), Unity Chiripasi (17), Enia Mazoriyana (38) and Johani Muzoriyana (37) had retired to bed, when the robbers pounced, armed with machetes and a pistol.
After breaking into the house, the robbers demanded money from Ian Mudhara (17), who was awake doing his homework.
He was struck with a machete after he indicated he had no money.
“They were armed with a gun and machetes. They broke into the house and demanded money from Mudhara. He did not comply and they struck him with a machete on the left ear,” Chinyoka said.
“Other family members heard him screaming and rushed to rescue him but they were threatened with a gun by one of the robbers,” he said.
The suspects took away cellphones, R500, valuables and Nissan Atlas and fled away.
A neighbour, Manoni Chapungu, who heard the commotion from the house, alerted Chipinge police who attended the scene.
Later on the same day, police recovered the stolen phones and the car which had been abandoned.
“As police, we have launched a manhunt for the suspects. We are appealing to anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of the suspects to come forward and assist police with investigations,” said Chinyoka.