Robber rescued by police dog

2011-05-15 22:52

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Johannesburg - A house robber was arrested at Coney Glenn beach in Knysna after a police dog rescued him from the water, Western Cape police said on Sunday.

Malcolm Pojie said police were searching for two men after a house robbery was reported at Coney Glenn on Thursday at about 09:00.

One man was seen fleeing from the bushes next to a house on a hill at Coney Glenn and police, a few members of the community and a security guard gave chase.

They blocked the road on top of the hill and the man jumped down the cliff and disappeared into the bushes on the rocks. Police found the 35-year-old man halfway in the water and a police dog was sent to rescue him and bring him to police.

The man was injured when he jumped off the cliff and admitted to a local hospital under police guard.

Pojie said he was later discharged and detained at the Knysna police holding cells.

He said initial reports revealed the two armed men entered a house and forced the domestic worker to the floor.

"During this struggle that ensued a gunshot went off and the suspects then fled the scene without taking anything. Fortunately, nobody was injured."

The man would appear in the Knysna Magistrate's Court on Monday, May 16 on a charge of attempted murder.

The other suspect was still at large.

- SAPA

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