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Man expected in court after dramatic arrest at Sherwood complex

Mar 1, 2019
Man expected in court after dramatic arrest at Sherwood complex

Man arrested by off-duty Port Elizabeth detectives at Sherwood complex as accomplices flee

A Port Elizabeth man is expected in court soon after he was arrested by two off-duty detective police officers when they realised that intruders had entered their residential complex early on Thursday morning.

"It is alleged that at about 04:30, Col Paul Oranje  - Mount Road SAPS Cluster Detective Co-ordinator, was about to leave for his daily run when he noticed suspicious males in their complex in Lancing Street, Sherwood," described police spokesperson, Col Priscilla Naidu.

"He also heard noises emanating from an elderly women’s house on the same premises.

"Col Oranje immediately contacted Capt Rio Kriel - Provincial Organised Crime Investigation Unit – Gang Investigation, who also lives in the same complex.

"Both officers, armed with their firearms, cautiously approached the house from different directions."

She said that the suspects were warned to surrender and warning shots were fired.

However, approximately three to six suspects ran out of the house and one suspect on hearing the shots ran back into the house.

"Capt Kriel ran after him into the house and a scuffle ensued between the suspect and the police officer," Col Naidu said.

"The suspect was armed with a knife and a screwdriver.

"The 29-year-old suspect was eventually overpowered and arrested."

Several suspects managed to escape from Sherwood complex home invasion 

Unfortunately, the other suspects managed to get away.

"The 85-year-old woman and her 59-year-old daughter were unaware that their place was broken into," Col Naidu added.

"Entry to the house was gained by breaking open the sliding door.

"The suspect is detained on a charge of house robbery. Further arrests are imminent."

Mount Road SAPS Cluster Commander, Maj Gen Thembisile Patekile, complimented the two officers, who heeded to the call for action.

"These officers were alert and approached the situation with caution and tact. We are glad that the elderly complainant and her daughter are safe and that nobody was harmed. A police officer is never off duty and they risk their lives daily to ensure the safety of our citizens," added Maj Gen Patekile.

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