Three off-duty Alicedale cops commended for swiftly arresting robbery suspects

OCTOBER 8, 2015

Alicedale police have been commended for swiftly arresting two suspected robbers, who were involved in a business robbery and farm attack in the town and in Addo.

On Monday evening, a 33-year-old shop-owner was robbed at knifepoint by two males, who were wearing balaclavas. 

"The victim tried to run out of the door but the one suspect grabbed him and hit him with a fist on his nose.  The victim tried to fight back but the other suspect stabbed him with the knife on his right hand and the victim sustained an open wound on his one finger," Eastern Cape police said.

"The suspects then took cash, cigarettes and airtime voucher as well as the victim’s cellphone and ran out of the shop.  The victim ran to the police station, which is located on the opposite side of the road and reported the incident.

"He  was in a terrible state of shock and he was taken to the hospital where is still being treated. His condition is stabilised. A case of business robbery has been opened for investigation."

On Tuesday afternoon, three off-duty constables from SAPS Alicedale, Cst. Luvuyo Faxi, Cst. Lunga Zothe and Cst. Edgar Gouza followed up on information that two suspicious males were selling cigarettes in the area. 

"The two suspects were traced and found at a house in Mandela Park, Transriviere, Alicedale. They had several packets of cigarettes in their possession and gave several versions of their acquisitions."

Earlier that same day, police had learnt that detectives from Addo were searching for two suspects, who had been involved in a farm attack in that town.  

After detective commanders from the two stations made contact, it was established that these suspects fitted the description of the suspects, who were involved in the farm attack and must still be linked to the business robbery from the previous day.

Grahamstown Cluster Commander , Brigadier Morgan Govender applauded the members saying "due to their  commitment and dedication, we have managed to keep two dangerous criminals away from the community. Although we could not yet link them to our case, they are positively linked to the farm attack.”