Three suspects arrested for assault and robbery
By Mikhaila Crowie
19 October 2008
Three suspects were arrested yesterday afternoon by two Security Officials and a member of the SA Police Services after robbing a 22-year-old man at a shopping centre in St Georges Street in Cape Town.
The suspects allegedly approached two men at an ATM and ordered one of the men to hand over his bankcard and pin number.
Two nearby Security guards approached the suspects and victim.
The suspects then fled and the security guards pursued on foot. A Security guard arrested one of the suspects while the other guard continued to pursue the other two suspects, who fled to a nearby parked white VW Polo.
Inspector Bernadine Steyn said as the suspects got into the vehicle, one of the suspects stabbed the guard in his left arm.
“A constable on patrol saw the guard hanging on to the fleeing vehicle trying to stop it. The constable fired a warning shot into the ground in an attempt to stop the vehicle.”
The constable fired another two warning shots when the car refused to stop.
When the vehicle stopped, both suspects fled on foot. Steyn said one suspect was apprehended by the constable and the other by the security guard.
“The injured security guard was taken to hospital and was discharged after medical assistance.”
The three suspects, aged 31, 33 and 41, will appear in the Cape Town Magistrates Court tomorrow.