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Alleged teenage robber shot and wounded after charging at police with axe

Nov 7, 2019
Alleged teenage robber shot and wounded after charging at police with axe

Lusikisiki - Three men, aged between 19 and 24 years, were arrested by Mtontsasa police after a Business Burglary case was reported.

"It is alleged that four men broke into a shop run by foreign nationals at Goxoza locality, Mtontsasa, outside Lusikisiki, on Wednesday, at about 03h00," said police spokesperson, Captain Dineo Koena.

"A 19-year-old man was arrested at the scene of the crime where he charged at police with his axe, but was shot on the leg.

"The axe and a dagger were confiscated. His three accomplices escaped arrest fleeing with an undisclosed amount of money and groceries amounting to R5 252.50."

Capt Koena said that police activated a 72-hour plan and made a follow up in tracing the other suspects.

"Two other suspects, aged 21 and 24 years, were arrested at Mdeni locality, Kwa-Khanyayo A/A, at about 14h00.

"All the groceries and money were recovered," she said.

"One more arrest is expected as police are on the heels of the fourth suspect. They will appear at Mtontsasa Periodical Court on Thursday facing charges of Business Burglary, Possession of suspected stolen property, possession of dangerous weapons and an additional charge of Attacking the Police was added to the 19-year-old suspect."

SAPS District Commissioner, Major General David Mhlangenqaba Kanuka, lauded the operators for the job well done.

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