There was drama in Norton when a kidnapper was caught red-handed by a group of alert vendors who rescued 5 children who were locked in the criminal’s car.
iHarare has learned from the Herald that the alleged kidnapper, Norman Mushuku, 31, was apprehended by the alert vendors at the Karina filling station along the Harare-Bulawayo Highway, near Norton. Five children who are all around the age of 6 were locked inside Mushuku’s vehicle.
The children have since been reunited with their families, after being fortunate enough to escape from Mushuku’s clutches. At the time of publishing, it was yet to be established what Mushuku intended to do with the children.
The arrest of the kidnapper and the rescue of the children was confirmed by the police. Speaking to the publication, National Police Spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said,
“We have arrested Norman Mushuku after he was caught with five children whom he had lured into his car using sweets and drove off after locking them inside.
“He works for a security company and was travelling using the company’s vehicle when he stopped at a filling station at Karina and the cries of the children were heard by the vendors that were nearby.
“When asked who the kids belonged to, he claimed that they were his boss’s kids coming from Zvimba and he was taking them to him in Harare,”
However, the alert vendors did not buy Mushuku’s explanation after they noted that the children were almost of the same age. Some of the children were also crying demanding their parents.
“The vendors then insisted that he opens his car and when the kids were asked about their parents that’s is when the truth was revealed,” said Asst-Comm Nyathi.
The vendors apprehended Mushuku and handed him over to the police at Norton Central Police Station.
The police advised parents to take care of their children and to caution them against talking to strangers or accepting food from strangers.