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Five suspected armed robbers arrested in dramatic N2 high speed chases

Feb 8, 2019
Five suspected armed robbers arrested in dramatic N2 high speed chases

Eastern Cape SAPS Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Liziwe Ntshinga, on Friday applauded the arrest of five suspected armed robbers during two high speed chases in the Eastern Cape on Thursday.

"The swift response by the teams is commendable in preventing crime and criminal activities from taking place. I urge our members to be mindful of their safety at all times. Your safety is of utmost importance," she said.

At approximately 11:15 on Thursday, information was received of a hijacked vehicle that was travelling between Dutywa and Willowvale.

"Mbhashe Law enforcement officers responded and spotted the vehicle, a black Golf, which was travelling at a high speed," said police spokesperson, Captain Mali Govender.

"They chased the vehicle, which was travelling towards Ngcobo."

She said that the vehicle stopped and the suspects fled on foot.

One suspect killed during exchange of gun fire


"The suspects then started firing shots at the law enforcement officers, who returned fire and during the cross-fire one suspect was fatally wounded."

Capt Govender said that three suspects were arrested and a fifth fled in a white Golf towards East London.

"At the scene two firearms, a 9mm pistol and a rifle with several rounds of ammunition were seized," she described.

"The white Golf, which picked up the suspect was travelling on the N2 towards East London was being followed by members of crime intelligence, who requested reinforcements as the suspects noticed that they were being followed and started to increase their speed."

Capt Govender said that K9 Unit members, who were on alert spotted the speeding white GTI Golf, near the Brakfontein turn-off on the N2.

"They chased the vehicle and with the assistance of other units, the chase ended and two suspects were arrested," she said.

"The suspects face several charges including attempted murder, possession of unlicenced firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition.

"An inquest docket has also been opened for investigation."

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