14 held after botched casino robbery

2013-04-28 14:31

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Johannesburg - Fourteen men were arrested after they attempted to rob Emperors Palace casino, on the East Rand, on Sunday morning, Gauteng police said.

Lieutenant colonel Lungelo Dlamini said police at the casino received a tip-off that 19 men were going to rob the casino.

Police confronted a group of men at the entrance and a shootout ensued.

Two of the men were shot and wounded, while three others were arrested. The two were under police guard at a local hospital.

Dlamini said a stray bullet grazed the head of five-year-old girl inside the casino's hotel. She was also rushed to a nearby hospital.

Police then followed another group of five men in a car down the road from the casino. All were arrested.

He said police searched for the nine men around the hotel and casino, and arrested four more.

Three AK-47 assault rifles, four pistols and one revolver were recovered at the scene.

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