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One arrested after armed gang pounces on delivery vehicles in Kwazakele

May 29, 2017
One arrested after armed gang pounces on delivery vehicles in Kwazakele

A 31-year-old robbery suspect is expected in court on Monday after he was arrested by Port Elizabeth police following a dramatic armed robbery and hijacking in Kwazakele over the weekend.

On Saturday, at about 12:00, Fidelity Security was escorting a distillers delivery truck that was busy with deliveries at Antandi Tavern in Matiwane Street, Kwazakele, police said.

"More than 10 suspects armed with various firearms and using a white Quantum bus, a Blue BMW and another unknown silver vehicle, overpowered and assaulted the security guards.

"As the incident started unfolding, the driver of the delivery truck drove off to safety," added police.

"At the scene, the robbers fired shots to force submission of the guards and nobody was wounded in the process. However, one security guard was taken to hospital afterwards for assault wounds."

The suspects managed to rob the guards of a 5.56mm rifle and a 9mm pistol, and then took off with the white Toyota Hilux bakkie that the guards were using.

"At 13:00, FlyingSquad members spotted the Blue BMW in QeQe Street, Kwazakele. The vehicle was searched and one 31-year-old suspect was arrested and found to be in possession of a 9mm pistol (not the robbed firearm).

"At 14:00, the hijacked white Toyota Hilux was found abandoned in Adonisi Road, Kwazakele," police said.

"The arrest of the suspect was applauded by the community, and police are confident that more arrests will follow soon."

The suspect will be appearing before New Brighton Magistrate's Court on Monday for possession of unlicensed firearm and more charges might be added as the investigation continues.

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