Reservist foiled armed robbery

2017-01-23 10:45

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A Mitchell’s Plain police reservist has foiled an attempted robbery near a school on Friday (20 January), police said in a statement today (23 January).

At 13:35 the reservist was travelling in his work vehicle when he noticed two men on a motorbike that had pulled up alongside two primary school children on the pavement in Park Avenue, Westridge.

One suspect then pulled out a firearm and threatened the children.

The reservist stopped his vehicle and, drawing his legal firearm, identified himself to the suspects and instructed the suspect with the gun to drop it. The suspect refused and a struggle ensued. The reservist managed to disarm the suspect and restrain him. The reservist immediately informed police who arrived at the scene.

The other suspect fled the scene on foot and is still at large, police confirmed.

Captain Ian Williams says the man was linked to an earlier robbery where a girl was robbed of her cellphone.

The 18-year-old man was arrested and faces charges of armed robbery and possession of a prohibited firearm.

The suspect is expected appear in court soon on related charges.

The firearm - a gas gun - and the motorbike were not registered as stolen but were confiscated.

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