South Africa: Police Launch a Manhunt for Armed Robbery Suspects

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The police in Mpumalanga have launched a manhunt for suspects involved in an armed robbery incident which took place at Nelspruit earlier today, 10 November 2020.

According to the report, four armed suspects pounced on security guards as they collected cash from various shops at the Square shopping centre in Nelspruit. They (suspects) then disarmed one of the guards before robbing them of undisclosed amount of cash which was contained in a money box. The driver of the cash van responded where a shoot-out ensued between him and the suspects. A female bystander was shot during the incident and sustained some injuries.

Three suspects then fled the scene, leaving behind one suspect who was carrying the money box. Shots were fired by the driver towards the direction of a VW Polo, which was used by the suspects as their getaway car. The rear window of the said car was damaged during the crossfire. It is strongly believed that the suspects might have sustained injuries but they never stopped.

The suspect who carried the money box fled on foot as he was left without any transport and the money box was later recovered hidden next to a river, not far from the scene.

Police were informed about the incident where a case of armed robbery was opened, hence the manhunt.

Meanwhile the police urge public/private hospitals, Doctors and Medical facilities to be on the lookout for these suspects that might pay them a visit to be treated for gunshot wounds. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the suspects can contact Detective Colonel Ernest Maoka on 082 318 9843, or contact the Crime Stop number on 08600 10111. Alternatively a tip off can be given on MySAPSApp that can be downloaded to any smartphone. All information will be treated with the strictest confidentiality and callers may opt to remain anonymous.

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