Shots fired in tavern robbery

2019-01-31 06:21

A police officer was injured and a local tavern looted during a robbery and shoot-out in Nomzamo on Sunday 6 January.

Police are now searching for five suspects who managed to flee the scene, while another appeared in court yesterday (Wednesday 30 January).

According to Lwandle police spokesperson Sergeant Mthokozisi Gama, the incident occurred at 23:13, when six gun-wielding men entered Homeboy Tavern in Ndzuzo Street, Nomzamo. “The suspects apparently pointed the firearms at the complainant and instructed her to go to one of the rooms upstairs,” he related.

“The suspects followed her and, arriving in the room, demanded she hand over money stored in a box. The woman did as she was told.”

While the suspects allegedly continued searching the room, the woman managed to hide behind a refrigerator. The suspects went downstairs taking cartons of cigarettes, an undisclosed amount of liquor and a WiFi router, Gama added.

“As the suspects left the premises they were confronted by police officers and a gun battle ensued,” he said.

“In the process, a 22-year-old police officer was shot in the leg. All the suspects fled the scene with the goods and an undisclosed amount of money.”

The officer was transported to hospital for medical assistance and is in a stable condition. Gama said police found an unlicensed firearm, live rounds of ammunition and cartridges at the scene. “A case of business robbery and attempted murder was opened,” he said. “Further investigation led to the arrest of a 33-year-old man, who appeared in the Strand Magistrate’s Court on Thursday 24 January.”

The case was postponed to yesterday for a bail application. The outcome of the application was not known at the time of going to print.

No other arrests have been made and police are calling on the community to assist with any information on the incident or the other five suspects.

The police have offered a reward to anyone who shares information that will lead to the arrests.

Contact Detective Constable Alfred Giyama on 082 522 2361 or 021 845 2060 should anyone have information.

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