High-speed chase, two arrests after elderly couple robbed in CBD

2015-12-16 10:16
Two bloodied suspects sit on the road on the corner of Greyling and Peter Kerchhoff streets before being taken into custody for allegedly robbing an elderly couple.

Two bloodied suspects sit on the road on the corner of Greyling and Peter Kerchhoff streets before being taken into custody for allegedly robbing an elderly couple. (Amil Umraw, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - The hunt is on for one of three men who robbed an elderly couple in broad daylight in the CBD on Tuesday.

The suspect made off with more than R150 000 in cash while his two counterparts remain incarcerated at the Loop Street police station after their getaway vehicle collided with oncoming traffic, causing a four-car pile up on Greyling Street.

According to Pietermaritzburg ­police spokesperson Mthokozisi ­Ngobese, the couple had just entered the parking lot of Key Delta when they were approached by three armed men.

It is believed the couple had just ­returned from a bank where they had drawn money to pay staff at their business when the attack happened.

A police officer at the scene, who cannot be named, said the couple were on their way to their business to pay their employees when the incident ­occurred.

“It could possibly be that the men followed the couple from the bank and waited for an opportunity to grab the money bag,” said the police officer.

The men sped off in two vehicles but officers from the police’s Search and Rescue unit, who were already in the vicinity, were hot on their heels within seconds.

Speeding up Peter Kerchhoff Street, one vehicle tried to swerve into ­Greyling Street to evade the police, but rammed directly into a vehicle parked at the traffic signal.

The initial crash resulted in a ­four-car pile-up.

According to eyewitnesses, ­members of the community were first to tackle the two suspects in the ­vehicle, attacking them with “screwdrivers and hammers and sticks”.

Police made the arrests after ­paramedics treated the suspects and motorists involved in the crash.

When The Witness arrived at the scene yesterday, the two suspects were seated on the road with bloodied ­bandages on their heads.

Onlookers discussed what they had witnessed as police officers combed through the wreckage.

“We want to commend the ­members of the community who helped the police. Now that we have arrested two suspects, it will be easier to trace the third and we will hopefully recover the money,” Ngobese said.

“It is the responsibility for all of us to ensure vulnerable groups like the elderly are protected”.

• amil.umraw@witness.co.za

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