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Residents wrestle and disarm armed robber as other suspects flee

Nov 8, 2017
Residents wrestle and disarm armed robber as other suspects flee

Quick response from alert community members led to the arrest of a 27-year-old male and the prevention of a business robbery along 12th Avenue in the Joe Slovo Township of Kamesh, Uitenhage, at about 18:30 on Tuesday night.

"The business owner was at the mentioned address, when three unidentified men entered the shop - one armed with a firearm, wanting to rob the business.

"The business owner wrestled with one of the men and community members assisted him," described police spokesperson, Captain Gerda Swart.

"They managed to apprehend the 27-year-old male and handed the suspect over to the local police."

She said that the other two male suspects managed to run away from the scene, without taking anything from the shop.

"Detectives from SAPS Kamesh are following up on all possible leads and the arrests of the outstanding suspects are imminent."

The acting Cluster Commander of Uitenhage, Brigadier Ronald Koll, praised the community for their collaborative approach in combatting crime effectively in their community.

“When the community and the police join forces to fight crime it sends a strong message to criminals that their activities will not be tolerated and that they will be brought to book if they target our neighbourhoods,” he said.

The 27-year-old male suspect is due to appear in the Uitenhage Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday on a charge of attempted business robbery.