24 May 2017, Kempton Park: One member of a two-member motorcycle hijacking gang was arrested in Birchleigh on Monday evening following a shootout.
The man (36) was arrested on Maroela Street after what is believed to have been a plan for the two to ride on one bike and then flee on two after hijacking another.
Police arrived to arrest the suspect who was busted by MML Security and Birchleigh Neighbourhood Watch.
Norkem Park SAPS spokesperson Capt Lesibana Molokomme said police arrived on the scene to find the suspect in possession of an unlicensed firearm, after being busted by MML Security, Alpha Security and Birchleigh Neighbourhood Watch officials.
“The firearm’s serial number was filed off and had live ammunition,” said Molokomme. A shootout between the suspects and security occurred before the arrest. Details pertaining to the arrest are not known at this stage.
The trapped suspects abandoned their own motorcycle on the scene. The one who escaped fled with the victim’s blue Honda.
Molokomme said it was believed the same two men were involved in another motorbike hijacking on Limba Street in Birchleigh earlier. The victim in this case was shot at during the attack,” said Molokomme.
The suspect will appear in Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court for hijacking, attempted murder and the possession of an unlicensed firearm.