Driver Fends Off Armed Robbers in Dramatic Dashcam Footage Straight Out of Action Movie

Astonishing footage shows two men in the front of a cash-in-transit van in South Africa dodge bullets from hijackers looking to rob the vehicle, before the driver foils the criminals and maneuvers them to safety.

The video, posted by the SA Trucker website last week, shows driver Leo Prinsloo and Lloyd Mtombeni in the van driving through the city of Pretoria when another car attempts to drive past the van and shoot at it. The two men in the van are both wearing bulletproof vests.

A volley of bullets, aimed directly at the driver, hit the Land Cruiser and pockmarked its bulletproof windows while the driver accelerates and flees the robbers. If the vehicle's windows hadn't been bulletproof, the driver would have likely been shot multiple times.

After the first set of bullets hit the driver's window, Prinsloo asks his partner to grab a rifle and cock it in case the robbers get closer.

Prinsloo continues to drive the vehicle away as quickly as he can before apparently lying in wait for the robbers. He takes the rifle from Mtombeni and at the end of the video, leaves the van to confront their attackers. However, the car's earlier resistance appears to have put the robbers off as they didn't continue the chase.

SA Trucker reported that the driver was in the police task force.

The video went viral and was viewed more than 11 million times. People compared the horrifying scenes to those of an actual action film and lauded the driver for his getaway skills.

Referencing the popular action video game, Youtube user Taco Stacks commented on the video. "Living a real life GTA Mission. Insane," he said.

Wowwen Cooke added: "Dude literally tried to give the man the rifle while he was busy pulling off some evasive badassery," while another Youtube user called the two men "the real life Men in Black".

National Police spokesman, Brigadier Vish Naidoo confirmed the incident happened on April 22 on the N4 in Pretoria.

"The driver of the CIT vehicle managed to evade the robbers for a while but later stopped in wait for the robbers. The robbers fled without taking any money. No arrests have yet been made," Naidoo told SA Trucker.

Carjacking is a significant problem in South Africa. It usually involves criminals opportunistically and violently hauling the driver out of their car before the thieves drive off with it.

According to the South African Police Service's (SAPS) crime statistics for 2019/20, car and truck hijacking across the country is on the rise.

SAPS reported 18,162 cases between April 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020, equating to 50 cars being stolen in South Africa each day.

This was a 13.3 percent rise compared to the previous year. The data shows that criminals used firearms in the large majority of carjacking cases—15,110 incidences—last year.

Drivers in Pretoria flee robbers
A screenshot from the video of a car chase in Pretoria, South Africa. Astonishing footage shows two men in the front of a cash-in-transit van in South Africa dodge bullets from hijackers looking to rob the vehicle, before the driver foils the criminals and maneuvers them to safety. Screengrab/Storyful