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Caught on camera: Utah couple escapes machete-wielding bandits

Caught on camera: Utah couple escapes machete-wielding bandits


(KUTV) -- The dash cam video unfolds like a scene from a movie or a video game.

A Utah couple living in Kenya posted a dash cam video to Facebook showing machete wielding bandits trying to attack their vehicle.

"No, I am not Jason Bourne," Lauren Swenson said of the incident, which happened Friday at 11:00 a.m. Kenya time.

Lauren and her husband Bryant were on their way to do some filming with their Kenyan trainers Shiv and Collins to promote their CrossFit gym, which they have opened in Kenya.

Since traffic on the main road was jam-packed, they took a detour on a dirt road.

They passed two officers on foot with machine guns who gestured for the Swensons to give them a ride.

The couple did not pick up the officers.

"Deciding not to pick them up kept this incident from being much worse," Lauren Swenson said. "For me, everything unfolded as if it was a cartoon - seriously. I really didn’t process what was happening as dangerous. It just seemed odd and sort of like a Jackie Chan-style scripted bad guy chase."

Once they passed the officers, the Swensons came across a white public transport vehicle stopped in the middle of the road.

"I thought maybe it was dropping somebody off, but Shiv and Collins both immediately knew something was amiss," Lauren Swenson said.

The Swenson's trainers told them to "just drive" and to get out of the situation as quickly as possible.

Bryant's window was down, so he backed the vehicle up to buy some time to roll it up.

"When he threw the car into first gear his window was only partially up. He and the car were unscathed by the panga (machete weilding) dude," Lauren Swenson said.

Luckily the Swensons were able to "high-tail" it out of the situation.

You can read Lauren Swenson's entire account of the ordeal on KUTV's website.

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