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Cape St Francis homeowner shoots and wounds suspect during house robbery

Sep 5, 2018
Cape St Francis homeowner shoots and wounds suspect during house robbery

Police are investigating a case house robbery and attempted murder after a Cape St Francis homeowner shot and wounded a house robbery suspect in the early hours of Wednesday.

"On Wednesday, at around 02:45am, it is alleged that five men armed with crowbars and knives forced open the lounge window of a house in Waratah Avenue, Cape St Francis," described police spokesperson, Sergeant Majola Nkohli.

"A couple inside a house was attacked, and during a scuffle a homeowner managed to get hold of his licenced firearm.

"He shot and wounded one of the suspects."

Sgt Nkohli said that the other four suspects fled the scene, and wounded suspect ran a short distance, but fell near the driveway.

"At the scene, police recovered a crowbar, cable ties and two stolen cell phones, of which one was in possession of the suspect.

"The homeowner sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene, and his wife escaped unscathed," he added.

"The injured suspect (26) was taken to hospital and is under police guard."

Sgt Nkohli said that Cape St Francis police are hot on the heels of the other four suspects, who managed to flee the scene.