Taxi hijacked, driver kidnapped, 4 arrested, Port Elizabeth

South African Police Service

Taxi hijacked, driver kidnapped, 4 arrested, Port Elizabeth
Taxi hijacked, driver kidnapped, 4 arrested, Port Elizabeth

Police investigation led to the recovery of a hijacked vehicle inside a tavern in Port Elizabeth, after a vehicle operating as a jikeleza (local taxi) was hijacked from a driver in KwaNobuhle last night, 6 September 2018. A 37 year old tavern owner in Extension 12, Chetty in Port Elizabeth is among the three suspects nabbed for possession of stolen vehicle.

Around 09:00, police investigation led them to a tavern situated in Extension 12, Chetty area, Port Elizabeth, where a vehicle hijacked yesterday in KwaNobuhle was recovered. Police also arrested a 37 year old tavern owner and two other suspects for possession of stolen vehicle.

The arrest follows an investigation conducted after on Thursday, 6 September around midnight, a 21 year old man reported hijacking and kidnapping incident at KwaNobuhle police station. The complainant alleged that on the same evening around 19:00, two men armed with firearms accosted him while he was returning to his parked vehicle outside a shop in Matanzima Road, KwaNobuhle.

He further said that the two suspects forced him at gunpoint to handover a vehicle key and was also forced to crouch at the backseat of a vehicle. Suspects drove away with him, and later dropped him somewhere in Booysen Park, Port Elizabeth.

He thereafter hitchhiked to Uitenhage and later reported the incident at KwaNobuhle police station. Police are establishing whether the three suspects are linked to the hijacking and kidnapping case.

The three men aged between 32 and 45 are due to appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 10 September 2018 on charges of possession of stolen property.

The acting Uitenhage Cluster Commander, Brigadier Ronald Koll lauded the members for the good work. Police remain committed in their efforts to fight serious and violent crimes. As police, we encourage our community to supply us with information about anyone who may be involved in these violent serious crimes and in possession of illegal firearms or stolen property, added Brigadier Koll.

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SOURCESouth African Police Service