Quick thinking by a member of the public and a Blue Security reaction officer resulted in an attempted hijacking and armed robbery being nipped in the bud and a suspect being shot and arrested in Westville on Thursday morning.
“The incident began when an unknown vehicle followed a courier company delivery van along Acacia Road in Westville at about 10.30am on Thursday morning,” said Blue Security community and media liaison officer, Andreas Mathios.
“An undisclosed number of suspects got out of their vehicle and pointed a firearm at the courier driver whilst the van was stationary,” Mathios said. “Fortunately a member of the public observed the incident, immediately notified Blue Security Control Centre and reaction officers raced to the scene,” he said.
“The units spotted the hijacking in progress and an exchange of gunfire ensued. One suspect was shot and injured in the leg while a second suspect evaded arrest and escaped into the community,” he said. “The injured suspect was treated at the scene by paramedics and transported to hospital under armed guard. All items that had been removed from the van were recovered and accounted for,” he said. “Westville SAPS attended the scene and investigations are continuing,” he said.
In a separate incident, on Thursday morning, a woman was ambushed by two hijackers at her property in the Ashley, Pinetown area.
“The motorist was attacked by two armed suspects who forced her out of her car while still parked inside the property,” said Blue Security community and media liaison officer, Andreas Mathios. “The hijackers fled in the vehicle, which also contained the victim’s laptop, tablet, cellphone and handbag. Members of Pinetown SAPS attended the scene. The two suspects are still at large and investigations are continuing,” Mathios said.
In a third incident, on Thursday morning, Blue Security reaction officers were successful in apprehending a trespassing suspect in Cowies Hill.
“The alert was received that the suspect had been observed trespassing in various neighbouring yards,” Mathios said.”Shortly after arriving at the scene, the reaction officers spotted the fence-jumping suspect and were successful in apprehending him,” he said. “The suspect was found with stolen items removed from one of the properties as well as two lights and a knife in his bag. Further investigations are continuing,” he said.