Student wrongfully arrested for shoot-out - report

2012-06-19 11:00

Johannesburg - A Varsity College student was wrongfully arrested for a shoot-out and robbery at Johannesburg shopping mall, according to a report on Tuesday.

Jason Modisenyane, 20, was released without appearing in court on Monday, The Star newspaper reported.

Police investigators had conceded he had nothing to do with the armed robbery of a jewellery shop at Randpark Ridge shopping mall, north of Johannesburg, at the weekend.

Four people, including a policewoman and a toddler, were shot and wounded.

Modisenyane told the daily he was on his way to Cresta shopping centre to meet a friend when he was arrested.

"Two police officers pulled out on a traffic circle just two houses away from my house. A female officer instructed me to put my hands up while pointing her firearm at me.

"The male officer [fired a] shot in the air and I was told to lie down.

"A motorist told the police that the men were hiding in the nearby country club, but they didn't listen," said Modisenyane.

Four people appeared in the Randburg Magistrate's Court on Monday in connection with the robbery.

  • robbie.crouch - 2012-06-19 11:09

    and where did that officer think that bullet would land after firing into the air? Cowboy Cops!

      konanani.rachicoper - 2012-06-19 11:11


      Martin - 2012-06-19 11:19

      exactly, it goes to show another cop who should fail firearm competance. i hope Jason tears those pigs a new one for false arrest, pointing of a firearm etc...

      eric.west.984 - 2012-06-19 11:21

      Keystone Cops!

      Junebugg - 2012-06-19 11:27

      Guilty of walking while Black !!! They almost Trayvon Martin'ed him.

      Martin - 2012-06-19 11:31

      junebug hahahaha

      merven.halo - 2012-06-19 11:40

      He should sue the shait out of the police. All his studies can be paid off in one go!

      tgif.wtfaw - 2012-06-19 11:43

      But 60% of them bunk firearm training and shooting practice. On Top of that the acting Police Commissioner encourages shooting practice at least ONCE a year ! Please stop insulting the Keystone Cops. I can think of nothing more scary that having my life protected by these untrained buffoons.I feel much safer when I see them eating KFC at least they know how to do that well!

  • ted.muusha - 2012-06-19 11:10

    Life Lesson No.47 to the student: Bad things can happen to good people.

      smili.fication - 2012-06-19 11:42

      Sue for wrongful arrest.

  • Rob - 2012-06-19 11:11

    Unfortunately he " fits the profile. "

      riotousr - 2012-06-19 12:00

      Because he was black, you are so right.

      Rob - 2012-06-19 12:12

      Yes. 98% of the time.

      JJ - 2012-06-19 13:01

      you're also an idiot 100% of the time.

      Rob - 2012-06-19 14:09

      Giving yourself thumbs up again JJ.

  • rethabile.rathabaneng - 2012-06-19 11:12

    stupid saps,why firing?

  • UncleShep - 2012-06-19 11:19

    ....wrong place..@ the wrong time....sorry mate.

  • nokuthandwa - 2012-06-19 11:27

    As much as people are taking this lightly, saying wrong place, wrong time etc lets think of what could have happened to this student during his arrest. What if he had been raped by his Cellmates or killed? These things to happen. Anyway, am glad his name got cleared. I have no comment about the cop firing into the air! HONESTLY! Where are we, the WILD WILD WEST!

  • Henk - 2012-06-19 11:31

    The suspect was of medium build, dark complexion, brow yes and short dark curly hair....

  • Barefoot - 2012-06-19 11:31

    Are you people aware that these are the same cops that were praised for quickly arresting the perpetrators?

  • Werner - 2012-06-19 11:32

    This ties in to the Carte Blanche story of wrongful arrests just to make targets... Disgraceful!!

  • mpho.leopeng - 2012-06-19 11:33

    must see a witchdoctor.

      rethabile.rathabaneng - 2012-06-19 12:05

      i think u need 1 yourself,stupid comment u made.

  • maybach.mbuduma - 2012-06-21 14:37

    No man. I thought we wher past this,wrongfully arresting ppl without any questioning. Its unfair... And why did the officer have to fire shots?

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