Four suspects threatened to roast a 5 year old girl in the oven if her family failed to hand over valuables during a house robbery on Old Inanda Road in Verulam this morning.

At approximately 08:54 members of Reaction Unit were called out to the home by one of the victims. Upon arrival it was establised that four suspects had gained entry into the residence through an open door and held up the family, a domestic worker and a tiler who was hired to do alterations at the home.

One of the suspects is confirmed to have been armed with a silver 9mm handgun. The suspects demanded to be shown the safe and threatened to roast the 5 year old daughter of one of the victims in the oven if they failed to comply.

One of the victims led the suspects to a bedroom and pointed out the safe which was concealed in a cupboard. The suspects ripped the safe off the wall with a spade. They then restrained the victims with the use of cable ties and nylon ropes (picture 4) before locking them in one of the bedrooms. They then fled the home with the safe containing an undisclosed amount of cash and 7 cellphones. It could not be confirmed what vehicle the suspects fled in.

The victims managed to free themselves and contacted RUSA for assistance. A magazine containg ammunition was recovered in one of the bedrooms and is believed to have been dropped by the suspects during their escape (picture 2).

One of the victims suffered abrasions to her hands from the restraints. The child was not injured during the robbery.