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Cops hunt armed hijack suspect

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The suspect was expected to appear before the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court on Friday on charges of attempted murder and hijacking

THE POLICE have requested the public to assist with information that can lead to the arrest of a suspect linked to an attempted murder and hijacking incident that happened on the Boshof Road.

The suspect is believed to have been an accomplice in the hijacking of a 30-year-old meter taxi driver at knife and gunpoint. The driver was compelled to drive in the direction of Boshof and was later stabbed and shot.

One of the suspects in the matter has already been arrested and was expected to appear before the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court on Friday, March 6.

The incident happened at approximately 10pm on Tuesday, March 3, after the suspect and his accomplice had boarded a meter taxi in Kimberley.

The duo held the taxi driver at knife and gunpoint and forced him to drive in the direction of Boshof. During the incident they stabbed and shot the taxi driver and dropped him off on the Boshof Road and sped off with the taxi.

Police Spokesperson Captain Olebogeng Tawana said that one of the suspects was tracked down and arrested by the Northern Cape Provincial Organised Crime Detective team, led by Captain Basil Buys, in Wolmaransstad, North West Province, on Wednesday, March 4.

“The 43-year-old male suspect was apprehended by the Northern Cape Provincial Organised Crime Detective team, with the assistance of Wolmaransstad SAPS members and the Potchefstroom Flying Squad,” Tawana said.

According to Tawana, the taxi was recovered during the arrest of the suspect in Wolmaransstad.

“Upon further investigation and search, a .22 zip-gun, two knives, 9mm ammunition, .22 ammunition and shotgun ammunition were found in possession of the suspect,” Tawana said.

The suspect was expected to appear before the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court on Friday on charges of attempted murder and hijacking.

“One suspect is still at large. Any information that could assist the police in arresting the second suspect, can contact the investigating officer, Captain Basil Buys, on 082 4955 404.”