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Suspect killed, two arrested in Motherwell after elderly women robbed on Alexandria farm

Jan 29, 2019
Suspect killed, two arrested in Motherwell after elderly women robbed on Alexandria farm

Swift response by Port Elizabeth police resulted in the arrests of two suspects after a house robbery took place on a farm in Alexandria while a third suspect was killed after a shooting incident with police.

"This followed after a farm in Alexandria was robbed by three male suspects between 02:30 and 04:30," said police spokesperson, Captain Andre Beetge.

"Two elderly ladies, aged 72 and 76 years old, were tied up by the three males, who were armed with knives.

"It is suspected they gained entrance by breaking open a window while the ladies were asleep."

Capt Beetge said that various items were taken from the farm, which included a 38 special revolver, and the suspects then fled the scene with a white Isuzu Bakkie belonging to the ladies.

Farm attack suspect killed during car chase and shooting

"At about 05:50, the vehicle was spotted by SAPS Flying Squad members driving on the R335 close to Motherwell.

"A short vehicle chase ensued which ended in Siqwane Street, NU11, Motherwell, when the driver of the vehicle almost drove into the wall of a house," he described.

"A confrontation with police led to a shooting incident when the driver of the bakkie jumped out of the vehicle. He was fatally wounded in the incident while the other two suspects in the vehicle were arrested.

"A toy replica fire arm was found close to the driver, a 35-year-old male who cannot be identified untill his next of kin has been informed."

The two suspects, aged 37 and 50 years, is due to appear before the Alexandria Magistrate's Court on Thursday for charges of house robbery, and possession of a stolen vehicle and goods.

"Additional charges could still be added."

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