A 19-year-old man and his seven accomplices were approached by police in Browns Farm, Nyanga after they allegedly robbed a house in Browns Farm. The perpetrators loaded appliances and a bag containing a soccer kit, cell-phone and other items in a LDV (light delivery vehicle) that they allegedly hijacked in Lower Crossroads on the evening of 31 August 2015.
The perpetrators attempted to hijack another vehicle minutes after they robbed the house, but this was obstructed when the police arrived on the scene when they were responding to the house robbery complaint.
A shoot-out ensued as the suspects were trying to flee, but one was injured and is in hospital under police guard; his accomplices managed to flee from the scene and are still at large.
The suspect will appear in court when he is discharged from hospital on charges of hijacking, possession of stolen vehicle and stolen property as well as house robbery.
The SAPS members were commended for their quick response and vigilance.