Blue Security special projects manager Stephen Wimborne said a description of a suspicious vehicle with five suspects inside was circulated on the Crestwatch Neighbourhood Watch community networks after a housebreaking incident had been reported in Waterfall.
“Our tactical community officer who was patrolling the area, spotted the suspicious vehicle with a neighbourhood watch member already discreetly pursuing it in his own private vehicle. Our community officer joined the pursuit and the suspicious vehicle continued to drive at a regular speed, until a few minutes later, the suspects realised that the officer was following behind them,” Wimborne said.
“The suspects accelerated and made their way out of the suburb, driving for about ten minutes in the direction of Emolweni with both our tactical community officers and the neighbourhood watch member in pursuit. About ten minutes into the chase in Emolweni, the driver of the suspects’ vehicle lost control and crashed the vehicle down an embankment,” he said.
“All of the suspects jumped out of the vehicle and ran in different directions. Two suspects ran in one direction and the other three suspects ran into nearby bushes in a bid to evade arrest. Our tactical community officer and the neighbourhood watch member gave chase and managed to arrest two of the suspects, one of whom was found hiding in a nearby house in a bid to evade arrest. The suspects were handed over to members of the Hillcrest SAPS at the scene,” Wimborne said.
Wimborne said one of the suspects had sustained a serious head injury during the crash and had to be treated by paramedics. “ER24 paramedics transported the suspect to hospital under police guard. The Hillcrest SAPS has cordoned off the scene and are investigating the case,” he said.
Wimborne commended the tactical community officer, neighbourhood watch group and the police for their swift team work that led to the arrests. Three suspects remain at large.