A group of Heideveld residents who allegedly aided the escape of a man from custody could face serious charges.Manenberg police have slammed the residents who allegedly attacked two officers and helped a gunman escape.Police spokesperson Captain Ian Bennett says on Monday 13 February, officers embarked on high density patrols aimed at combating gang violence and other illegal activities in Heideveld.He says officers spotted two men in Zuurberg Road and as officers approached, one of the men started running towards Suzan Court.“They cornered him on the stairway in Suzan Court, searched him but found nothing. Someone of the community then pointed out that the suspect threw down something. On checking what it was, they found that it was a .38 revolver.”He says officers retrieved the firearm and started arresting the man when residents became aggressive and threatened to attack the officers.“The residents threatened officers with violence and in the scuffle they freed the suspect. The officers were alone in a big crowd and opted to back off as pointing a firearm on residents could result in a more serious situation. The officers were not harmed. They assessed the situation and due to the hostility they decided this was the best way to proceed.”However, Bennett says, an investigation has been launched to find the gunman and residents who aided his escape.He says this type of behaviour is unacceptable as residents continue to complain about police, yet aid criminals.“This type of behaviour cannot be tolerated. The community complains about the lack of service delivery, but they openly threaten and attack police officers who are performing their duties. We are now investigating who these people are and when caught they will face serious charges and should not expect leniency.”He says the firearm has been handed in and will be sent for ballistic testing.Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Manenberg Police Station on 021 699 9400 or Crime Stop on 0860010111.