Police have arrested a 31 year old man and recovered a 9mm pistol with ammunition, after a house robbery at Dorchester Heights this morning. Deputy Cluster Commander, Brigadier Marinda Mills, said it is allegedly reported that five armed suspects overpowered the owner, as he was getting into his car in the driveway and forced him back into the house where they started beating him up, ransacked the house and demanded money.
“During this ordeal, he managed to press a panic button which activated an armed response company;this was followed by an exchange of gun fire between the robbers and the armed response personnel before the robbers fled the scene in a vehicle with cash, foreign currency , cellphone passport and Identification book,” said Mills.
Mills said police immediately started a thorough search of the area and apprehended one of the suspects, hiding a few metres from the scene. A pistol, ammunition, cellphone Cash, ID, passport and driver’s licence were recovered.
“This is indeed a breakthrough in cases of this nature happening in East London and Mdantsane areas, where suspects were targeting Chinese nationals. Our detectives will work around the clock to arrest the other fleeing suspects, and to detect linkages to other similar crimes”, said Mills.