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Police hunt three suspects who ran amok in central after robbing security official of his firearm


Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Eastern Cape

GQEBERHA - SAPS Humewood detectives are following up on all possible information about three suspects who carried out a string of criminal offences after robbing a security official in Western Road last night, 29 May 2023.

It is alleged that at about 20:30, the suspects attempted to rob a person in Western Road and when the person spotted the security vehicle, he ran towards it for assistance .It is further alleged that the suspects then turned their focus on the security official. He was beaten and his service pistol, a 9mm firearm was taken. A case of Robbery and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm was opened for investigation.

After running off with the firearm, at about 20:45, two of the suspects confronted two students as they were leaving their flat in Belmont Terrace. They were shoved back into the flat and robbed of 5 cell phones and 2 laptops. One of the students was also assaulted over the head with a firearm. A case of house robbery was opened.

It is further alleged that at about 22:30 the suspects then went to a dilapidated building in St Patrick Street in central where they demanded money owed to them by two people. When one person (29) did not have the money, he was shot in his buttocks. He was taken to hospital. A case of attempted murder is under investigation.

Still with the devious adrenalin flowing through them, at about 22:40, the suspects proceeded to Albany Road where they sent someone to buy a bottle of beer. On his return, it is alleged that one of the suspect’s randomly shot and killed an unknown person in the street. Police have opened a murder case.

Police believe that the security officer’s firearm was used to commit the offences.

Police are following up on possible leads however they are appealing to anyone who can assist them in their investigations to contact SAPS Humewood, D/W/O Johan Rubenheimer on 074 430 6048 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111 or the nearest police station. All information is confidential, and callers may remain anonymous.


Colonel Priscilla Naidu
071 3628726