Suspects escape as police recover hijacked vehicle

Alleged hijackers bumped into a police vehicle with a hijacked vehicle while evading arrest in Zwide last night.

It is alleged that at about 19:00, the complainant was seated in her white Suzuki Tiga in Mbovane Street in Kwadwesi when she noticed the suspects approaching her. She was pointed with a firearm and ordered to open the car. When she refused, one of them smashed the window and opened the door. They drove with her and when they were in Windvogel, she managed to jump out and with the assistance of a bystander, reported the matter to police.

At about 21:10, Anti-Gang Unit members spotted the vehicle in Old Uitenhage Road. They requested for back up while chasing after the vehicle. The suspects did not want to stop and in Johnson Road, they tried pushing off the Kwazakele police vehicle by bumping them. Shots were fired at the fleeing vehicle. The vehicle suddenly stopped and about 6 suspects alighted and pointed firearms at police. They ran off in different directions with police on their heels. The suspects disappeared between the houses.

Three cellphones and a toy gun were found in the vehicle.

Cases of vehicle hijacking, attempted murder (on the police officials), pointing of a firearm and reckless and negligent driving is under investigation.

Source: South African Police Service

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