Alleged robber shot dead, accomplice held

2017-06-21 06:01
PHOTO: Nokuthula KhanyileThe scene of the shooting in Alexandra Park yesterday.

PHOTO: Nokuthula KhanyileThe scene of the shooting in Alexandra Park yesterday.

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AN alleged robber was shot dead and another arrested after they allegedly held up two
pupils at knifepoint and robbed them of their cellphones along Chief Albert Luthuli Street on Monday.

After robbing the schoolgirls near the old cemetery on Chief Albert Luthuli Street, the alleged robbers ran into Alexandra Park near the tennis courts and ran behind the Oval stadium.

A witness at the scene said Msunduzi Municipality security guards had been patrolling the area because there had been complaints of many muggings in the past few months.

“They tried to run away and one was shot dead and the other jumped into the pipe along the river and got caught on the field with one cellphone. These guys normally rob people on the road and then use this route to escape,” the witness said.

Another witness, who works near Chief Albert Luthuli Street, said people were being robbed there every other day.

“Just the other day we screamed when they tried to steal someone’s cellphone. People started chasing them and the man got his cellphone back. They do it in broad daylight with no shame.”

The employee said the girl who was robbed was walking to town and was busy on her cellphone when she was accosted by the robbers.

“We tried to scream, we always do that when we see them approaching a victim, but it all happened quickly. They snatched the cellphone from her and ran. They ran through the park and after that we heard gunshots and other bystanders told us the municipal security guard had shot one of the robbers. The vagrants have also been tormenting us.

“They come inside the shop and steal things ...”

Police spokesperson Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese said three municipal security guards were patrolling the area around 12 pm when they heard a woman scream.

“Attempts by the guards to stop the suspects failed; they fired a shot and one of the suspects was shot in the head and died at the scene.”

The other suspect was arrested on charges of robbery and is expected to appear in court soon.
- The Witness

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