Thief caught red-handed, shot

2017-05-09 06:00

A man (27) was shot while he tried to stab police officers in Roselyn Road in Ronde­bosch on Friday at 03:00.

According to police, he resisted arrest after he was found inside the car he had broken into minutes after the owner had parked it.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Lyndon Sisam says the owner of the car noticed a light inside his car as he was walking away from it. He went back to check and was shocked to see a man sitting inside.

He called the police who responded immediately and found the man still searching inside the car.

“The police officer asked why he was sitting inside the car. He replied he was looking after the car. Suddenly he jumped out of the car and fled the scene with the two officers in hot pursuit. The man was caught by one of the constables and they struggled. The man pulled out a knife and repeatedly tried stabbing the officer. To protect himself the officer fired one shot, hitting the man in his right-side hip.”

Sisam says despite being injured the man ran down St Pauls Crescent where he collapsed. He was arrested and will be charged for attempted murder and theft of a car.

He received medical treatment from Metro EMS and was taken to Groote Schuur Hospital for further medical treatment under police guard. He is expected to appear in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court once he is discharged from hospital.

In another incident, a man and a woman were arrested in Campground Road on ­Tuesday.

“The sector vehicle was busy patrolling the area when they observed two suspects in Campground Road looking up and down the Road. They approached the suspects who became very nervous.”

Sisam says the two were charged separately as the cellphone was found on the woman who failed to unlock it when instructed by the police. Investigation revealed that it had been stolen from a house in Mowbray.

She was charged with possession of stolen property.

The man was charged for possession of a dangerous weapon as an okapi knife was found hidden in his underwear, Sisam says.

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