Fugitive on the run nabbed by cops

2014-09-20 17:57


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Johannesburg - A wanted fugitive was arrested in Tokoza in the East Rand after being on the run for months, Ekurhuleni metro police (EMPD) said on Saturday.

"An Audi A3 sedan driving erratically on Kumalo road in Tokoza attracted the attention of the EMPD Community Liaison Unit officers patrolling in the area," spokesperson Wilfred Kgasago said in a statement.

"On stopping the vehicle, the metro police officers recognised the driver as an individual arrested in January 2013 on a charge of a business robbery committed at the Carnival Mall in Brakpan."

The 33-year-old man was said to have skipped his bail hearing following the robbery and had been on the run ever since.

He was arrested on Friday afternoon.

Kgasago said after his arrest, officers went to the man's residence at Sparrow Hawk flats in Germiston and recovered a 9mm Norinco pistol and eight live rounds of ammunition.

"The 9mm pistol had its serial numbers filed off. It was confirmed that the suspect had been on the run for months after skipping out on his trial," he said.

The man would be charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition. He was expected to appear in the Germiston Magistrate's Court on Monday.

"A pending case on skipping of his bail will be heard in the Brakpan Magistrate's Court soon," said Kgasago.

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