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60-year-old PE man found in boot following police car chase and shooting with hijackers

Oct 29, 2018
60-year-old PE man found in boot following police car chase and shooting with hijackers

Six suspects were arrested following a police chase and shoot out after they apparently hijacked a vehicle and abducted the vehicle driver in Kwazakele, Port Elizabeth, over the weekend.

"This followed after a driver, 60 years old, gave two males a lift in his vehicle, a white Honda Ballade, in Johnson Road," described police spokesperson, Captain Andre Beetge.

"While driving, he was pointed with a firearm by one of the suspects and ordered to stop in Qeqe Street.

"He was then locked up in the boot of his vehicle and driven around by the suspects and more persons got into the vehicle."

Capt Beetge said that five hours later and just after midnight, at about 00:30, Motherwell Cluster Command Centre members on patrol spotted this suspicious vehicle in Maya Street, Soweto-on-Sea.

"On seeing police, the suspects speedily drove off. A vehicle chase ensued and in Kaunda Street, Soweto-on-Sea; the vehicle stopped and one armed male jumped out of the vehicle and started shooting at the police members," he said.

"The SAPS members returned fire and through tactical procedures managed to arrest all six suspects that were in the vehicle including the 18-year-old suspect that shot at police.

"The relieved 60-year-old hijack victim was rescued from the boot of the vehicle and was unharmed during the incident."

Nobody injured during police chase and shooting

Capt Beetge said that a 9mm pistol containing three live rounds of ammunition was dropped by the suspect when police returned fire and was confiscated.

"No persons were injured during the shooting."

The suspects, all aged 18 to 24, will be appearing before the New Brighton Magistrate's Court on Tuesday to face their respective charges of hijacking, possession of stolen vehicle, attempted murder, abduction and illegal possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

Motherwell SAPS Cluster Commander, Major General Dawie Rabie, applauded the arrests.

"With the build up to the launch of the Safer Festive Season police have been deployed in strategic areas to focus on illegal fire arms and prevention of serious crimes involving the use of fire arms and violence," he said.

"We will have a zero tolerance approach towards these crimes and perpetrators will be facing the full force of the law."

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