Cops foil armed robbers
Rustenburg – Sunday morning, 12 March 2017 about 09h30, a clothing shop in CBD Rustenburg, in Fatima Bhayat street, was the target of three armed men.
A female employee of the shop was tending to her work, when a man entered the shop and instructed her to be quiet. He was followed by two armed men.
The gunmen ordered the employees and clients into the stock room, while the manager was ordered to collect all cell phones and place them in a box.
While he was collecting the phones, a man from Fidelity visited the shop. One of the ladies in the shop signalled the Fidelity guard, that he indeed entered a hostage situation.
He left the shop and immediately contacted the police for backup.
When the police arrived on scene, two suspects managed to flee the scene, but the police managed to arrest one suspect.
The staff members and customers were found unharmed.
The police confiscated a 9mm pistol and five live rounds at the scene. The get-away vehicle was also impounded.
“The Fidelity personnel and the police members are commended for outstanding work under life-threatening circumstances,” Captain Elsabé Augoustides, police spokesperson, said.
The suspect, Lesego Mokwape, appeared before the Rustenburg Magistrates’ Court and remains in custody. Investigations continue.
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