Port Elizabeth: A British couple on holiday in Port Elizabeth praised police for their efficient and professional manner in which they were treated after being robbed on the beachfront.
It is alleged that at about 12:15, today (10/01), the couple were walking along the beach and sat on one of many benches along the pathway. The suspect was seated on another bench. The suspect approached the couple, pulled out a firearm and demanded the woman's gold chain. The suspect snatched the chain from the 74-year-old woman's neck and started running.
Witnesses saw what had happened and started chasing after the suspect. A person on a bicycle and in a bakkie gave chase. The suspect was seen jumping into a taxi. The taxi was stopped and as the suspect was pulled out, he fired a shot, injuring one of the men. A 35-year-old man was shot in his hip. He was taken to hospital for treatment. A private security company, ADT and the community arrested the suspect. A baby browning firearm and the victim's chain was recovered at the scene.
Police are investigating a case of robbery with a firearm and attempted murder. The 19-year-old suspect will appear in court on Friday, 12/01.
The Cluster Commander for Mount Road Cluster, Maj Gen Thembisile Patekile expressed his gratitude to the community in reacting to the robbery and coming to the aid of the elderly couple. ' We wish a speedy recovery to the good Samaritan who was shot and assure the community and tourists to this beautiful city that the SAPS is committed in ensuring a safe and secure environment for all,' added Maj Gen Patekile.
Source: South African Police Service