Hijacked family saved by police

Yesterday, 07 August 2018, swift response by Bergville police led to the arrest of three suspects and the recovery of a firearm, stolen vehicle and dagga. A couple and their three-year-old child were travelling in Gelucksburg area in their VW Polo vehicle when they were hijacked by armed suspects. The suspects allegedly put the victims into their vehicle and drove with them in a convoy. The quick-thinking couple managed to contact police. The suspects were immediately intercepted by the police and a shootout ensued. One suspect was injured and taken to hospital under police guard.

Police recovered a pistol, the victim’s vehicle, the suspects’ vehicle that is suspected to be stolen and, dagga. Three suspects were taken into custody and will appear in the Bergville Magistrates Court soon. They are facing charges of carjacking, attempted murder, possession of unlicensed firearm, possession of suspected stolen property and possession of dagga. None of the police officers were injured during the shootout and the recovered firearm will be subjected to ballistic testing to ascertain whether it was used in any other crime.

Source: South African Police Service