POTCHEFSTROOM In an effort to turn the tide against crime, Zeerust police nabbed two suspects aged 44 and 48 for house robbery and attempted murder committed in a farm outside Zeerust.
The suspects' apprehension came after they forcefully gained entrance into a farm in the evening on Sunday, 15 December 2019, then assaulted a 66-year-old man and his 65-year-old wife before robbing them of a laptop, three cellphones and other household items.
According to information received, the man who was injured during the incident, managed to alert neighbors who called police. The latter responded swiftly and with the help of farm patrollers, the suspects were arrested approximately two kilometers away from the scene and found in possession of the victims' cell phones.
Preliminary investigations led the police to an abandoned farm house where they found the laptop and other household items which were robbed during the incident. It has also been established that one of the suspects used to work at one of the neighbouring farms. Subsequent to the arrest, both suspects are expected to appear in the Zeerust Magistrates' Court on Tuesday, 17 December 2019.
The North West Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane congratulated Zeerust Detectives and K9 Unit for their swift response that resulted in the arrest. She said that the police will not hesitate to take drastic action in ensuring that members of the community are and feel safe. Furthermore, she thanked farm patrollers for their assistance in ensuring that the suspects are brought to book.
Source: South African Police Service