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Convicted armed robber Phumzile Langeni re-arrested in Motherwell

By Afikile Lugunya - Jul 25, 2017
Convicted armed robber Phumzile Langeni re-arrested in Motherwell

Luck finally ran out out for a convicted armed robber, 43-year-old Phumzile Langeni, when he was re-arrested by Port Elizabeth police in Motherwell after he staged a daring escape at the St Albans Correctional Facility on the 23rd of June.

Langeni was picked up by local detectives while apparently hiding out in NU1, Motherwell, after reportedly walking out of the prison after apparently managing to switch identity cards that allow prisoners to certain areas of the prison for work.

“The team of detectives from Motherwell and Kwazakele that worked around the clock for the past month, made the breakthrough this morning when the escapee was arrested where he was hiding at a friend's house in Hlosi Street, NU1, Motherwell,” described police spokesperson, Captain Andre Beetge.

According to Captain Beetge, a charge of escaping from lawful custody will be added to his long list of crimes before he is sent back to St Albans Prison.

“The suspect will be detained at Mount Road Police Station and will first face the escape charges at New Law Courts before he will be transferred back to St Albans,” he said.

When Langeni escaped in June, he had served just seven years of his 30-year jail sentence on his 2010 conviction on around 15 charges relating to two of attempted murder, two of armed robbery, escaping custody and 10 relating to the unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition.

He was linked to numerous cash-in-transit heists and other crimes, which he committed with his gang before the law caught up with him.

This was reportedly his second escape from prison.