Police arrest four suspects behind car hijackings and house robberies in Kwazakele, New Brighton

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Nelson Mandela Bay District Major General Vuyisile Ncata commended the efforts of police after four suspects were arrested for a series of car hijackings, house robberies and thefts in Kwazakele and New Brighton. After a high-speed chase on April 19, the SAPS New Brighton Crime Prevention unit successfully arrested the suspects.

Police spokesperson Captain Andre Beetge said the actions of SAPS New Brighton Crime Prevention members following a high-speed chase on Friday, April 19, led to the arrest of the four suspects. Over the past week, a group of five (5) men have committed crimes such as car hijacking, house robberies and robberies of persons in the Kwazakele and New Brighton areas.

Beetge said mobile phones, laptops, television sets and vehicles were stolen during their crime spree.

“The last hijacked vehicle was a dark gray Audi Q3 that was taken at gunpoint by the owner in Nobatanastraat in Kwazakele on Friday, April 19 at 8 p.m.

“Around 9.30pm, New Brighton CPU members on patrol spotted the Audi (with five men inside) driving along Mbilini Street, Kwazakele.

“Upon seeing the police, the driver suddenly took off, resulting in a high-speed chase,” he added.

When they reached Mavuso Road, the suspects started shooting at police, who retaliated. The driver of the Audi lost control of the vehicle in Ngenestraat and the vehicle came to a stop close to a border wall.

Betge added that four of the five occupants were apprehended, while the fifth managed to evade arrest by fleeing and a search of the vehicle turned up nine suspected stolen cellphones, a 9mm pistol with magazine and ammunition, and two sets of car keys found and seized.

A 17-year-old suspect suffered a gunshot wound to the foot and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

“All four suspects are between 17 and 20 years old,” Beetge concluded.

They are being held on charges of attempted murder, possession of a hijacked vehicle, possession of suspected stolen property and illegal possession of a firearm.

The suspects are expected to appear at New Brighton Magistrates Court on Monday, April 22.

Major General Ncata commended members for their vigilance, adding: “The relentless efforts of our members last night put an end to the chaos of these criminals. We are on the hunt for the fifth suspect and it is only a matter of time before he ends up behind bars.”