Attack on Gqeberha Atlas security official, robberies, 3rd suspect arrested

South African Police Service

Attack on Gqeberha Atlas security official, robberies, 3rd suspect arrested
Attack on Gqeberha Atlas security official, robberies, 3rd suspect arrested. Photo: Pixabay

A dedicated detective at SAPS Humewood left no stone unturned on his hunt for the third suspect involved in the attack and robbery of an Atlas security official including a string of crimes that followed on Monday evening, 29 May 2023 in Western Road.

On the abovementioned date at about 20:30, three suspects attacked and robbed the security official of his service pistol.

He was also severely beaten.

The suspects continued on their crime rampage, when two robbed two students of their cellphones and laptops at their flat in Belmont Terrace.

Later that same evening, a 29-year-old male was shot in his buttocks in St Patrick Street and then at about 22:40, Loyiso Sinandile (29) was shot and killed in Albany Road.

Two suspects have since been arrested and are remanded in custody.

On Thursday, 22 June 2023, D/Const Ridwaan Baatjies, who is on vacation leave received a call about a robbery at a flat in Military Road in Central. It is alleged that the 49 year old complainant was robbed by four males of his jewellery, cell phone and wallet.

With the assistance of various units (Gqeberha K9 unit, Flying Squad, SAPS Mount Road Task Team and Crime Prevention Unit, SAPS Humewood Crime Prevention Unit and detectives as well as a private security company) three suspects were swiftly apprehended.

Further investigation led the team to Kudu Flats in Sidwell.

When the fourth suspect spotted police, he jumped off the second floor of the flats. He was apprehended. Some of the stolen property and two replica firearms were found in his possession.

D/Const Baadjies also arrested this suspect who was the third suspect involved for the attacks on 29 May 2023. The 26-year-old suspect was detained for armed robbery. He will also be charged for armed robbery as well as for robbery, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, house robbery, attempted murder and murder.

A member from the K9 unit also arrested a 25-year-old male while on the scene for possession of drugs. He was found in possession of tik and dagga.

All four suspects, aged between 19 and 28 will appear in the Gqeberha magistrate court on Monday, 26 June 2023 on their respective charges.

SAPS Newsroom

SOURCESouth African Police Service