Man arrested in botched Braamfontein hijacking

2016-04-25 11:43

Johannesburg - A man alleged to have shot at a motorist in an attempted hijacking in Braamfontein was caught minutes after the act, Johannesburg Metro Police said on Monday. 

Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said the officers received a radio message that a driver of a Ford Focus was shot at the corner of Juta and Station Street around 20:45 on Sunday. 

"The officers were on patrol at Wolmarans Street... When they arrived on the scene, members of the public pointed out the direction the suspect ran," said Minnaar. 

They found that the motorist had been shot in the neck. 

The officers then pursued the suspect. 

"They saw the suspect running with a firearm in his hand," said Minnaar. 

The officers caught up with him and managed to disarm him. 

He was arrested and charged with hijacking, possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition, as well as attempted murder. 

Meanwhile, the injured driver was taken to Charlotte Maxeke Hospital. 

It was not immediately clear what condition he was in. 

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