A hero hailed as a true Rambo after confronting a gang of armed thieves has revealed how he fought off the armed thieves as they sprayed his armored security truck with bullets in South Africa.
Security expert Leo Prinsloo, 52, who has personally protected Prince Charles, the Kardashians and Nelson Mandela, spoke as he showed the bullet-riddled truck incredible footage of the heist attempt that has become viral last month.
Leo and his sidekick Lloyd Mtombemi remained calm despite their armored escort vehicle being strewn with over 30 bullets from two cars firing AK47s at them.
They were protecting an armored vehicle with a cargo of cellphones worth hundreds of thousands of pounds on April 22.
Now Prinsloo – who has since been the subject of death threats from the gang – has shown the vehicle protecting him and his sidekick from the hail of bullets and is trying to get them off the road, allowing Prinsloo to escape.
“Without this beast, we wouldn’t have had this conversation now, right?” Mr Prinsloo casually told the presenter of Armor Max – the company that makes armored vehicles.
“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be alive today. She played really great. Like I said, I was lucky, the other guys are not so lucky.
A hero hailed as a true Rambo (right) after facing and fighting a gang of armed thieves circled the armored vehicle he was driving at the time (pictured)
The presenter reports bullet holes on the right side of the vehicle from which the attackers first attempted to attack, the window also being shattered, showing the “spider web” pattern in the bulletproof glass caused by the shells.
“They were there to kill you,” the anchor said, noting that the gang had at no time attempted to stop the vehicle and take it without any shots being fired.
“The first time I really knew they were there was when the cracks appeared,” Prinsloo told the presenter. “I knew right away it wasn’t a cracker exploding,” he joked.
‘As I watched [over] my shoulder, I saw them, and I saw the puffs of smoke, then the shots came in, ”he recalls. “It wasn’t until after the fourth crack did he start hitting and cracking the windows. “
Former police sniper Prinsloo was escorting the high-value cargo in his unmarked armored Toyota Land Cruiser when he was ambushed by two cars full of gunmen.
In footage of the attack, at least a dozen gunshots are heard as a car approaches security expert Leo on the N4 motorway in the capital Pretoria, opening fire and ultimately smashing his window bulletproof.
Security expert Leo Prinsloo, 52, who has personally protected Prince Charles, the Kardashians and Nelson Mandela, shows off the bullet-riddled truck that featured in the incredible footage of the heist attempt that went viral last month.
Pictured: Prinsloo circles the vehicle protecting him and his sidekick from the rain of bullets and tries to get them off the road, allowing Prinsloo to escape
Incredibly, Leo – who served in the South African Police Service’s special forces unit for 12 years and teaches their military special forces to shoot – remains remarkably calm under attack.
After losing visibility through the right window, he says he had to keep turning his head to make sure he never lost sight of the attackers, who changed sides of the road and attempted to attack on the left side of the truck.
At this point, Prinsloo says he attempted to tip over one of the wheels of the attacker’s vehicle to get his car off the road, but the driver managed to keep control, before the second car – a Audi – also does not exceed it.
“When he walked past me, I was a little late. I just touched his behind so he got out of the way, but managed to hold it, ”he said.
Prinsloo was escorting high-value cargo in an armored truck in his unmarked armored Toyota Land Cruiser when he was ambushed by two cars full of gunmen
“Now there are three pedestrians armed on the highway with AKs,” Prinsloo said, so he turned around, but the Audi had followed and ahead of him, the thieves forming a line of shooters on the freeway in front of him again.
“I knew they were going to shoot. I told Lloyd they were going to shoot us, ”he said, pointing to bullet holes in the windshield as they shot the two.
Prinsloo remembers driving on the shooter, and as they were shooting at the windshield he stuck the truck. At this point in the viral video, Prinsloo is shown bravely exiting the car with a gun, which is where the video ends.
In total, there were 13 bullet holes on the car, with none of the bullets entering the armored vehicle. “This thing is the reason I’m still here,” he added.
Leo – who served in the South African Police Service’s special forces unit for 12 years and teaches their military special forces to shoot – has remained remarkably calm under attack
At least a dozen gunshots are heard for the first time as a car approaches security expert Leo on the N4 motorway in the capital Pretoria. The targeted vehicle is shown, above and below
After the astonishing images circulated the world, Leo and his family in Pretoria, South Africa, were paying the price – after being threatened with execution and taken into preventive detention.
A close security expert friend said: “The gang said they were not happy that Leo got into a fight and said he and his family had to pay for it.
“It would give the gang that made it huge street credit.
“His family is in a safe house while we determine who they are and first take the threat against them and eliminate them and then they know we are extremely serious.
“We’re not kidding when gangsters threaten one of our own,” he said.
Leo previously said, “I was just doing my job. I am a security instructor and have my own company which trains police, military, security companies and people to react.
“The key is to pre-visualize what’s going to happen and stay in that state of mind so that when the bullets start flying, you know what to expect and are prepared for it.
Mr Prinsloo, pictured above, owns a shooting academy called The Edge and trains police, military and security companies in hand-to-hand shooting and combat and how to respond to an attack.
“Then you just go into automatic mode and deal with the threat. Lloyd had only been in the post for less than a week, so it was baptism of fire, but he did what I needed to do.
“I could have opened fire when I got out of the vehicle, but it is safer not to do so because the threat was then exiting, so our work was done and the vehicle we were escorting was safe” .
Mr Prinsloo runs a shooting academy called The Edge and trains police, military and security companies in hand-to-hand shooting and combat and how to respond to an attack. They say he’s the best in the business.
His friend said at the time: “This video just shows that Leo is teaching, but practicing what he preaches. He is a real Rambo and has never shown fear in his life. He’s a trained sniper and never misses a thing.
The image reportedly shows former police sniper Leo Prinsloo alongside Kim Kardashian
Gun expert Prinsloo said: “I can’t say much as an investigation is underway, but my colleague and I have done what was expected of us. They had to get us out in order to get the cargo vehicle out.
“But there was no way I was going to let that happen and unfortunately I didn’t have a chance to fight back. “
Police spokesman Brigadier Vish Naidoo said: “The suspects in two cars fired a number of shots at a security vehicle in a convoy in an attempt to stop it during a high-speed chase. speed to Pretoria.
“The driver of the vehicle managed to escape the thieves, but then stopped and got out to wait for the thieves, but they ran away instead. No arrests have yet been made.