It was a hot afternoon and the heat from the scorching sun was quite unbearable. I was cycling home from school after arranging the books in the school library as I was a librarian. The road was quiet. I felt hungry and was looking forward to reaching home and having my late lunch.
When I was cycling along the roadside, a motorcyclist appeared out of the blue and roared past me. He had almost knocked me down and I was rather taken aback by his sudden appearance. I then noticed there was a passenger behind the motorcyclist and they were heading for a lady, who was walking on the pavement at the side of the road.
The motorcyclist then stopped beside the lady. After dismounting from the motorcycle, the pillion rider tried to snatch the lady's handbag but she resisted. Feeling furious, he took out a knife and brandished it at her. On seeing the knife, the lady was scared and apprehensive of getting hurt. Having no alternative, she let the mugger have her handbag. After getting hold of the handbag, the mugger shoved her. He shoved her so hard that she fell into the ditch. The obnoxious criminal then mounted the motorcycle. His accomplice, who was also the motorcyclist, sped off and they escaped from the scene.
I was shocked at what I saw. The robbery happened so fast that before I could do anything to try to foil it, the whole incident was over. I ran to help the lady. When I reached the part of the ditch where the lady fell into, I saw her seated at the bottom of the ditch. She had scratch marks on her arms and legs and was groaning in pain. I then realised that she was pregnant. I assisted her to get out of the ditch. I felt sorry for her as she was in a state of shock. I comforted her. Soon, a car stopped beside us and a man emerged from it. Upon seeing the condition of the lady, he asked me what had transpired. I related the whole incident to him. The benevolent man then offered to take the lady to hospital. As I was an eyewitness to the crime, he requested me to come along in order to help lodge a police report.
The doctor who examined her said that apart from some superficial scratches and minor bruises on her limbs, she was doing fine. The baby she was conceiving was healthy as well. I was glad to hear that. A few days later, she came to my house to thank me personally for lending her a helping hand. However, the snatch thieves were never apprehended. I would never forget this incident or the snatch thieves' faces as long as I live.