Cop-taunting suspect meets his match after ‘lightning fast’ dash

2016-05-04 08:32
Metro Protection Services’ Avinash Mahadave and Phoenix Cash and Carry security manager Alan Vadivelu who both took the initiative to help two officers in arresting an alleged robbery suspect in Victoria Road on Monday.

Metro Protection Services’ Avinash Mahadave and Phoenix Cash and Carry security manager Alan Vadivelu who both took the initiative to help two officers in arresting an alleged robbery suspect in Victoria Road on Monday. (Ian Carbutt, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - Two veteran security officers went the extra mile on Monday to assist police in hunting down a robbery suspect, with their efforts resulting in an arrest.

Phoenix Cash and Carry security manager Alan Vadivelu and his ­­team- mate, Metro Protection Services’ Avinash Mahadave, used their combined expertise to chase down an alleged robber making his escape on Monday.

Speaking to The Witness yesterday, Vadivelu described their action-packed experience. He and Mahadave were driving home on Victoria Road on Monday afternoon when they spotted a police van blocking the oncoming lane. As they got closer, the pair spotted two officers near the van and asked them what was going on.

“The one officer pointed at a man in the distance who was running away and said they were trying to catch him because he had committed a robbery,” Vadivelu said. “We saw the man ­running and he was looking back and laughing at the police. He was taunting them.”

Without hesitation, the pair sprang into action. Vadivelu leapt from the car and chased after the alleged robber, while Mahadave raced down the road to cut him off at the Chief Albert ­Luthuli Street intersection. Vadivelu said the robber was a “lightning fast” runner. “He was really fast. It was like the whole road came to a standstill,” he said.

When Mahadave swerved to cut the man off at the robot, he jumped into a roadside property, but Vadivelu and the police, who had now also taken up the chase in their van, were close on his heels.

According to Vadivelu, the man tried to scale a high fence but stopped when he fired a warning shot. “As he stopped, the two police officers hauled him off the fence and handcuffed him. The ­officers were very polite and thanked us continually,” Vadivelu said. ­Mahadave said it was an “exhilarating” ­experience. “It really made our day even though it was all over in half an hour. The robber just zipped through traffic while we had to manoeuvre carefully between the cars,” he said.

It was unclear yesterday what ­robbery the man was arrested for.

Pietermaritzburg police ­spokesperson Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese said the man could be linked to the mugging of a woman on Church Street, who was robbed of her ­cellphone and cash, or to a separate ­incident that he would comment on once he had more information.

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