Cops in shoot-out with suitcase-wielding men

2012-09-07 12:51

Cape Town - Four men were arrested on Friday following a dramatic shoot-out on a busy main road just outside the Cape Town CBD.

Several men apparently carrying suitcases entered a fast food outlet in Victoria Road, Woodstock, brandished weapons and tried to rob the business, staff told Eyewitness News.

One of the staff members managed to trigger the alarm.

Luckily, police officers were also on a routine patrol in the area. They approached one of the suspects who began firing shots at the officers.

Police returned fire and managed to wound one of the robbers.

EWN also reported that the robbery resulted in an accident between a bus and taxi but an eyewitness told News24 there was none.

However, the police nabbed them and arrested all four men. A getaway vehicle was also recovered.

The men, all in their early thirties, will appear in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

  • tim.brink.1238 - 2012-09-07 12:59

    10 years!

      gordon.turner.37 - 2012-09-07 13:02

      15y min sentence for weapons charge alone.

      michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-09-07 13:09

      It sounds like a scene from a movie! Gosh but this is a cowboy nation!!!

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2012-09-07 13:35

      DEATH Sentence, attempted murder! They could have succeeded!!! SCUM!

      gerald.majola.7 - 2012-09-07 13:43

      What idiots rob a fast food joint at 7am - there is no money - maybe they were going to steal the patties?

  • keir.timm - 2012-09-07 13:01


  • adrian.tyler - 2012-09-07 13:07

    We know they're only going to sit for 5 years, as is tradition.

  • djmarcosa - 2012-09-07 13:08

    10 - 15 years.. haha the way that this justice system is.. they will be out free with in 2 days on a R1000-00 bail maybe even less.. I bet you when they got caught they were smilling all the way cause they know nothing is going to happen to them... on the other hand i'm glad that they got caught.. now let see what happens next..

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-09-07 13:08

    Good work!!!

  • lums.zindela - 2012-09-07 13:10

    Good job for the police. They deserve some motivation as well.

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-09-07 13:16

    Well done Police!

  • shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-09-07 13:18

    Just about every story you read on robbery, its told that there was a shoot out. Robbers are getting rather cocky as they know even if caught, they will serve minimum sentences. I feel sorry for the cops in a certain way, they will be "punsihed" (for want of a better word) whether they open fire in self defence or not. all of this just because our government states that the criminal has rights too. BS!!!

      arthur.hugh - 2012-09-07 13:22

      Pity those four didn't get one each right between the eyes.

      djmarcosa - 2012-09-07 13:24

      trust the government now to open up a case against the police for doing their job and making some or other excuse to run the police down.. the police get into trouble for not doing their job and when they do their job they still get into trouble.. funny how that is..

  • warren.rodel - 2012-09-07 13:20

    Well done to the Police, and to the DA, keep the scum and the ANC out!

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2012-09-07 13:36

      WELL said Warren!!!!!

  • motleleng - 2012-09-07 13:21

    Gen. Cele where are you when we need you, if you were around they would have been shot and killed...well done SAPS, give then a reward or something...

  • hendrik.pienaar - 2012-09-07 13:22

    Captured? They opened fire... perfect opportunity to finish them off. Like they should've done to the whole bunch of Lonmin miners.

  • chilli.stephenson1 - 2012-09-07 13:22

    These police did an amazing job. They caught all 4 of these okes. Great job to those SAPs involved. You are a bunch of very brave men. Putting your lives on the line for a minimum wage salary. I would join the SAPS if they paid 10k a month minimum!

  • Eterni80 - 2012-09-07 13:25

    soon there will be more people in prison than out.

  • pumlani.godlo - 2012-09-07 13:29

    Well done for the Western cape Police...but I wish they could be quick as they were to all the Western Cape areas...expecially in townships..Let the law now take its place on this four men...

  • Melusi - 2012-09-07 13:34

    These cops deserve recognition. Well done

  • wilhelm.grobbelaar - 2012-09-07 13:58

    Good work police. Keep it up.

  • vanzyld - 2012-09-07 14:17

    Damn, only wounded one. Still, better than zero.

  • christina.setloboko - 2012-09-07 16:11

    aggg, but they will be out in 2 days 500 bail and still continue where they left of, HAI our justice system su..ks.

  • tobie.spuy - 2012-09-08 14:44

    Well done, SAPS!!!

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