Three male suspects were arrested Saturday by undercover officers from the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) in Kensington for hijacking and kidnapping two victims and stealing an undisclosed amount.
High Speed Chase
Two victims were rescued after a high-speed chase with the suspects, who are reportedly the most wanted by police for hijacking, armed and corporate robberies in the Jeppe area.
JMPD spokesman Xolani Fihla said the suspects were arrested and released on bail after a quick response from officers who witnessed a hijacking and kidnapping on the corner of Orion Street in Kensington.
While the officers patrolled the street, the perpetrators saw the victims being pushed out of a Blue Chana Benni at gunpoint.
Officers then made a U-turn and headed for the crime scene, but the suspects fled.
A Silver Toyota Etios without number plates drove one way, while a White Toyota Quantum drove the other way.
“Officers then decided to go after the Toyota Quantum as the kidnapped victims were held hostage in the vehicle. A high-speed chase ensued and shots were fired as officers attempted to stop the Quantum, which was driving recklessly.
“The Toyota Quantum lost control of the car and crashed into a huge tree at the corner of 11th Avenue and 8th Street, Kensington,” Fihla said in a comment. statement on Sunday.
Three male suspects were arrested, but one suspect fled on foot.
JMPD officers found two 9mm pistols at the scene and the two hostages were rescued with no injuries.
Fihla said the hostages were carrying a “large amount of money” that allowed the suspects to flee in the Toyota Etios.
“JMPD Acting Chief of Police Angie Mokasi commends the officers’ swift interception and response. She encourages them to continue to save lives and protect the people of Johannesburg.
“The arrested suspects are most wanted for hijackings, armed and corporate robberies in the Jeppe area, and were currently out on bail.”
The arrested men were charged with hijacking, kidnapping and possession of firearms without a license. They are likely to appear in court on Monday.
compiled by Thapelo Lekabe