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Vehicle recovered just after Uitenhage woman hijacked, suspects still at large

Aug 5, 2017
Vehicle recovered just after Uitenhage woman hijacked, suspects still at large

Swift response by Uitenhage police resulted in the recovery of a vehicle just minutes after a woman was reportedly hijacked on Friday night.

"It is alleged that on Friday, at about 22:45, the complainant was busy parking her silver VW Polo in Ngcola Crescent, KwaNobuhle, Uitenhage, when three armed suspects suddenly appeared and demanded the keys of her car," described police spokesperson, Capt Gerda Swart.

"The suspects took the car and fled in it in the direction of Port Elizabeth.

"Police were notified and members from Uitenhage spotted the vehicle in Algoa Road and a chase ensued."

Captain Swart said that backup was also requested from surrounding police stations.

"The driver of the vehicle stopped in Labans Street in Booysen Park, Port Elizabeth, and the suspects fled in different directions with Uitenhage police members on their tracks, but the suspects managed to evade arrest," she said.

"The hijacked vehicle was recovered within minutes after it was hijacked and it was taken for forensic analysis."

The Station Commander of Kwanobuhle, Colonel Dial Kettledas, commended the members on their speedy reaction and said: "When there is teamwork and collaboration between the different stations, positive results can be achieved".

The manhunt for the three suspects continues.