Ransom and extortion: Kidnapped victim rescued, bogus police arrested

South African Police Service

Ransom and extortion: Kidnapped victim rescued, bogus police arrested
Ransom and extortion: Kidnapped victim rescued, bogus police arrested

Police on Friday 6 September 2019, pounced on a suspicious vehicle parked at the police station at Tsakane in Ekurhuleni. On approaching the vehicle, the officers found five occupants, one of them later confirmed to have been kidnapped and robbed of cash earlier.

Four suspects were taken into custody while police seized from the suspects and the vehicle, two firearms – one of which was unlicensed, a police appointment card and other SAPS-issued items including handcuffs and a blue light.

It was also revealed that the suspects were at that stage allegedly demanding thousands of rands from the family of the kidnapped victim in exchange for his safe return.

The suspects will appear before Court in due course on charges of police impersonation, possession of unlicensed firearm, kidnapping, robbery and extortion. More charges could be added.

Gauteng police management welcomed the arrest of the suspects and the recovery of the firearms; and also commended the vigilance of the officers who operationalised information of the suspected criminality.

“Well done to our members who acted swiftly in response to information of possible illegal activity taking place on the premises of the South African Police Service. This just shows how daring criminals have become and how far they would go undermining the authority of the State and terrorising our communities,” said Gauteng Provincial commissioner Lt General Elias Mawela.

South Africa Today – South Africa News

SOURCESouth African Police Service