Hijacking drama in Jeppestown


A suspect has died and his accomplice wounded after they were shot at by an off-duty policeman while hijacking a car in Jeppestown on 5 July.

According to Joburg East police spokesperson, Captain Richard Munyai, the two suspects attempted to hijack a car in Jules Street.

Munyai said a man parked his car, a Hyundai iX35 at 72 Jules Street in Jeppestown when the two suspects approached and pointed a firearm at him and demanded the vehicle’s keys.

The owner threw his keys out of the vehicle and one of the suspects picked them up. “The two suspects then jumped into the car. While reversing, an off-duty police officer who had brought his car to the workshop tried to stop them but they sped-off.

“The officer fired shots at the the suspects but they managed to drive away with the car.”

While the owner of the car was opening a case at the Jeppe Police Station, the police were informed that the car was found abandoned at the corner of Wolhuter and Madison streets in Jeppestown.

On arrival, the police found blood stains inside the car and on the ground next to the car.

No suspects were found, said Munyai, adding that while they were still attending to the scene, information came through that two wounded suspects had been admitted to Leratong and Charlotte Maxeke hospitals.

“The one suspect who was admitted at Leratong Hospital was reported dead later on that day while his accomplice at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital was arrested,” said Munyai.

The suspect is currently receiving treatment at the hospital under police guard and the investigation is continuing.

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