Teen, 16, held for hijacking

2011-07-13 14:06
Johannesburg - A teenager has been arrested for trying to hijack a taxi driver near New Brighton, in the Eastern Cape, police said on Wednesday.

"The 16-year-old and two men boarded a maxi taxi on the street in KwaNobuhle on Monday evening," said Lieutenant-Colonel Priscilla Naidu.

She said one of the men, who was in the back seat, pointed a gun at the driver, while the other held a knife to his neck.

"The man with the knife tried to stab the driver, but he fought back and this resulted in a scuffle. The driver lost control of the vehicle and it crashed into a fence."

The two men, both in their early 20s, got out of the car and fled. The driver held onto the teenager until passersby came to his aid and called the police.

The youth would appear in the KwaNobuhle Magistrate's Court on Thursday on a charge of armed robbery, Naidu said.

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