Port Elizabeth Flying squad swiftly arrests Gelvandale hijacking suspects

MAY 16, 2016

Alertness and swift action by members of the Port Elizabeth Flying squad resulted in the speedy arrest of two hijacking suspects in Port Elizabeth's Northern Areas over the weekend.

"It is alleged that on Sunday, at about 07:10, members received information of an attempted hijacking in the Gelvandale area," said police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu.

"The description of the suspect vehicle was circulated and within minutes the vehicle was spotted speeding by the Flying squad members in Standford Road.

"A chase ensued as the blue VW Polo attempted to evade police. Police succeeded in bringing the vehicle to a halt."

She said that upon searching the vehicle, a Pietro Beretta 9mm pistol was found hidden under the driver’s seat inside a draw.

"Both suspects, aged 26 and 28 years old, were arrested and detained on a charge of illegal possession of a firearm. They are expected to appear in court soon.

"The use of firearms in most instances are involved in serious violent crimes. Gang related violence, drug trafficking, aggravated robbery, domestic violence and rapes are mostly carried out with firearms," said Colonel Naidu. 

"Police is urging the communities to blow the whistle on persons who are in possession of stolen (illegal) firearms as well as those who are using firearms in the commission of crimes. Reports can be made anonymously on 08600 10111 or to the nearest police station."