Four men are expected to appear before the New Brighton Magistrates Court on Wednesday after they were arrested by the SAPS in Port Elizabeth shortly after an armed hijacking was reported in the city’s Sidwell area on Monday. They are facing charges of hijacking and attempted murder.
“It is alleged that the 33 year-old victim was busy working at an electrical substation along Commercial Road when he was confronted by two suspects, who threatened him with a knife,” local police said.
“The suspects searched the victim and robbed him off his wallet and car keys.
“The victim managed to lock himself in the substation and the suspects fled with his vehicle – a Toyota Hilux. The vehicle was circulated shortly after the incident by Radio Control.”
That was when SAPS members on patrol noticed a suspicious vehicle on the M17 towards Motherwell and called for back.
“The vehicle drove off and a high speed chase ensued. Members noticed that the suspects were armed with a fire-arm when they attempted to fire shots at the members,” the police said.
“The vehicle came to a stop and as the SAPS members approached the vehicle; shots were fired from inside the vehicle at the members, they returned fire and forced the suspects out of the vehicle. Four suspects, aged between 21 and 25, were arrested and the fire-arm was recovered.
“It was later establish that the fire-arm belonged to the victim.”
Mount Road Cluster Commander, Major General Dawie Rabie praised the members for their swift action, which led to the arrest of these suspects.
“ I commend these members for their dedication and the teamwork that they displayed . Their actions certainly deserve praise” said Major General Rabie.