Woman fends off knife-wielding attacker

Two men attacked a woman in her car on Friday morning at a quiet intersection.

03 September 2018 | Crime

Annelien Derks, victim; "I was so shocked I couldn’t get a word out, I just reacted,”

Jessica Botes

A local woman was attacked by two men at an intersection in Swakopmund on Friday morning .

Annelien Derks told Erongo that she was driving into town at 06:00 to pick up a security guard when she made a stop at the intersection between Anton Lubowski street and Südstrand street.

“I was waiting for two vehicles driving in Südstrand street to pass before turning into that street. As the second car was driving by, two men approached my vehicle. The one man had a knife and he opened my door and tried to pull me out of the vehicle.

“I immediately grabbed hold of my steering wheel and was holding on for dear life while he was trying to pull me out of the car. As I started to lose my grip on the steering wheel, I remembered that I had a steak knife in my car door. I let go of the steering wheel and grabbed the knife as I fell out of the car.

“In that moment I managed to stab the man in the leg. He let me go and ran away. The whole time this was happening the other man just stood in front of my car. He didn’t do or say anything. I was so shocked I couldn’t get a word out, I just reacted,” said Derks.

Derks got back in her vehicle and drove away. She said she did not notice that the man who was pulling her out of the vehicle was trying to stab her.

“When I picked my maid up, she asked me if I was alright because my jacket had holes in. That is when I realised that the man had stabbed me three times, luckily the jacket was a bit big so the knife did not touch me,” she said.

Still shaken by the incident, Derks said she is just happy that her children were not in the vehicle with her that morning. She said she suspected something might be amiss a few days ago when she noticed a plastic bag with a beer bottle inside hanging from her front gate.

“I asked a friend in the police if he thought my house might be marked but he said I should not worry about it. After this incident I do think that they did mark my house. I am just glad I reacted the way I did and that they did not hurt me.”

Derks reported the matter to the police.

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