Knife pair caught quickly

2011-09-09 00:00

THE owner of a Chinese restaurant in Shelly Beach and three relatives were ambushed by a group of men at around 10:30 pm on Tuesday night.

The Chinese nationals had locked up at the close of business and were walking to their residence, which is just up the street from the restaurant.

“As they reached their residence a group of men ambushed them and demanded cash,” said SA Police Service spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid.

The owner was stabbed in her left wrist and the men fled with her handbag and cash.

“The gang also threatened the victims with a pistol.”

The owner, who had her house burled earlier this month, contacted Sergeant Shaun Pillay.

“He responded immediately, and at the same time Sergeant Siyabonga Cele was also responding to the robbery complaint, which was circulated over the police radio,” said Wiid.

Two other policemen, Constable Dawie Malan and Warrant Officer Johan Zandberg, were also on their way to the scene when they received another report over the radio that residents in the vicinity of the crime had seen people running through their yard.

“They rushed to the scene, but the suspects were already gone,” said Wiid.

“After searching the area police found a gas pistol which was dropped by the fleeing suspects.

“Sergeant Pillay arrested two of the men near the toll road.

“Patrol dog Nero followed a spoor not far from the robbery scene and led the police to the victim’s handbag.

“Four knives, a gas pistol, two balaclavas and two other handbags were also recovered.

“We have a strong suspicion that it could be the same group who were responsible for the housebreaking at the victim’s residence as well as another robbery where a woman was stabbed in the face earlier this week in Shelley beach,” Wiid added.

Police are expecting to make more arrests.

They believe the suspects were watching the victim’s movements before the attack.

“The quick response by all four policemen ensured that the two suspects were arrested and the property was recovered and a possible threat eliminated in the area,” said Wiid,

The suspects will appear in court today.

Wiid said a close working partnership between the community and police can help the police tremendously in locating suspects, recovering stolen property and responding quickly to crime scenes.

“It is so essential that community members are that extra pair of eyes for the police and that they report suspicious behaviour to us,” Wiid said.

It cannot be emphasised enough to be alert at all times, knowing that criminals could be anywhere.”

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