Manhunt launched for Petrus Steyn farm attack suspects

Manhunt launched for Petrus Steyn farm attack suspects
Manhunt launched for Petrus Steyn farm attack suspects. Image source: Pixabay

Police have launched a manhunt for two unknown males responsible for a house robbery perpetrated at a farm in Petrus Steyn policing precinct. It is reported that the suspects fled the farm in a stolen Toyota Hilux which was later recovered in Zamdela after a shootout.

On Friday 12 April 2024 at about 19:00, Petrus Steyn police were called to a scene of house robbery at a farm, where a family was accosted by two unknown suspects.

It is reported that at about 15:00, the 58-year-old victim and her 32-year-old son accompanied by the 63-year-old male, were arriving home from town when two males stormed out from the outside room, pointing the victims with a firearm forcing them into the house.

Upon entering the house, the victims were tied to the chairs and their heads covered while their valuables were taken and loaded onto the 68-year-old’s grey coloured Toyota Hilux double cab bakkie. The suspects also took the 68-year-old’s revolver firearm.

Shortly after the incident, the victims managed to untie themselves and summoned the police. Petrus Steyn police opened a case of house robbery for further investigation. Swiftly a lookout was circulated of the stolen Toyota Hilux and the vehicle was spotted entering Zamdela, Sasolburg. The District Task Team located the vehicle in Zamdela Iraq, Phase 5 and gave chase.

A brief shootout ensued between police and the suspects after they were cornered. The suspects alighted the vehicle and fled the scene. No one was injured during the shootout and the manhunt for the suspects continues.

The stolen property and the Toyota Hilux bakkie, were recovered including the stolen firearm.

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