1 May 2018, Port Elizabeth: Being alert while performing crime prevention duties is one of the reasons why our members achieve good successes.
This was once again seen by members of the flying squad after they arrested three suspects and recovered a stolen vehicle with the driver inside the vehicle.
While members were busy with normal crime prevention duties in the Summerstrand area on Friday afternoon they noticed a Toyota Avanza that was earlier circulated as a hijacked vehicle coming in their direction. The members made a u-turn and followed the vehicle.
Once the driver of the Avanza noticed the police vehicle they sped away and a high speed chase ensued but in Marine Drive the members stop the vehicle and apprehended three suspect and one suspect manage to run away the owner of the vehicle was unharmed but was in a state of shock.
Upon inquiring from the driver what happened he informed the members that at around 09:30 on Friday, 27 April 2018 while he was in Tonjeni Street, Kwazakele, three suspects climbed into his vehicle and pointed him with a fire arm and forced him to drive to Njoli square where another suspect got into the vehicle.
The suspect forced the driver at gunpoint to drive toward Cape Road, Fiveways area, where the driver said the suspects used a remote to jam two vehicles and stole property from these vehicles.
After committing the crime in Cape Road they forced the driver to drive towards Summerstrand and when they noticed the police vehicle they forced him to speed away.
During the morning the complainant managed to alert his sister that he has been hijacked and said she must contact the police. The information of the vehicle was circulated by radio control and that was when the flying squad noticed the vehicle.
All three suspects were detained on charges of hijacking and kidnapping and was set to appear in court yesterday, Monday, 30 April 2018. The vehicle was also confiscated for forensic investigation.
The Cluster Commander of Mount Road Major General Thembikile Patekile commended the members for being alert and for the quick response to ensure that the suspect is arrested and keeping the community safe.