It was the end of the road for a smash-and-grab duo on the N2 this weekend, thanks to swift action by the City’s Law Enforcement Department. Officers also rescued two people who were being attacked. Read more below:
City of Cape Town Law Enforcement officers arrested two suspected smash-and-grab robbers on Sunday 15 January 2017.
Just after 09:00 yesterday morning, the officers were driving past the N2/Baden Powell on-ramp and saw a person lying in the road behind a Toyota Etios. A second vehicle was standing in the vicinity. The officers thought the person had been run over and stopped to investigate, only to learn that it was a smash-and-grab suspect who had been shot and wounded by a member of the public.
The officers were informed that a second suspect had taken off in the direction of Baden Powell Drive. They gave chase and caught up with him not too long after. Both suspects were arrested and handed over to the Macassar police station. One of the suspects was also positively identified by another smash-and-grab complainant who had been robbed of her cellphone at the same spot the night before.
‘Smash-and-grab crimes continue to be a thorn in our side, so I’m very happy that these two suspects are off the streets. I hope that they are denied bail, otherwise the good work in this case will be undone. We’ve seen far too many incidents where the same suspects are arrested over and over for the same crime because they’re let out on the street again almost as soon as they’ve been arrested,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.On the roads, City traffic officers arrested 62 suspects and issued 1 916 fines for various offences in the last week. This included 17 arrests for outstanding warrants and 28 arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol.
On Wednesday 11 January 2017 at 09:10, officers on patrol along Duinefontein Road spotted a woman being assaulted and the attacker trying to push her into oncoming traffic. The officers intervened and the suspect ran away. Back-up arrived and the officers radioed for medical assistance for the victim who had sustained head injuries, while their colleagues successfully chased down the suspect. He was charged with assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm.
Later that night, the Ghost Squad was on patrol in Bothasig when they spotted a pedestrian being attacked by four men. The officers chased down the suspects and arrested them for assault and attempted robbery. A search of their vehicle revealed numerous knives and pangas. The weapons were confiscated and handed in at Bothasig police station.
Metro Police officers meanwhile arrested 46 suspects, including 26 drunk drivers. One of them was a 34-year-old woman who collided with a Law Enforcement patrol vehicle in Charlesville.
On Saturday 14 January 2017 at approximately 15:20, Metro Police officers arrested a 26-year-old suspect in Hanover Park for attempted murder after receiving a tip-off from the public about his whereabouts. The suspect had been involved in a gang shooting earlier that day. He will appear in court soon.
‘We’re making good arrests through visible policing, but also the cooperation that we receive from the public. I can’t stress enough the importance of building these relationships and growing the public’s trust in our enforcement agencies. They know their communities and who the bad seeds are, and so they are a crucial cog in the crime-fighting machinery,’ added Alderman Smith.