Three suspects nabbed for hijacking and robbery

Three suspects aged 25 to 27 were arrested in connection with an alleged car hijacking and robbery incident at a petrol garage at the corner of Nugget and Commissioner streets at approximately 12.30am on 21 February.

The victim is said to have been assaulted by a number of male suspects before being relieved of cash, valuables and the vehicle he was travelling in at the time.

“Suspects hijacked and robbed a 21-year-old driver of a meter taxi this morning [21 February]. It is alleged that a white Toyota Hilux taxi bumped into a white Toyota Quest, [following which] the driver of the metre taxi stopped to inspect the damage,” said the spokesperson for the Johannesburg Central Police Station, Xoli Mbele.

“The occupants of the Toyota Hilux taxi [proceeded] to assault the metre taxi driver, [in addition to which] they robbed him of an undisclosed amount of money before jumping into his car and driving off.”

Following the incident, the victim is said to have spotted a police vehicle that was on a routine crime prevention patrol and alerted them. Police found three of the suspects in the process of filling up at a petrol station in the same taxi and were arrested.

Captain Mbele added, “The victim’s vehicle was recovered at Nancefield hostel and three suspects are still at large. A police investigation is under way and suspects will appear in the Johannesburg Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.”

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Tshepiso Mametela

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